Rock The Vote, Chicago Edition

January 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm (Uncategorized)

Every four years, around the time of a presidential election, there’s a push to make civic engagement appealing to young adults.  I think it’s awesome to see the level of involvement rise as a result of these campaigns, but once the presidential election is over, the enthusiasm doesn’t really stick.  In 2010, only 22.8% of eligible voters in the 18-29 age group voted in the 2010 midterm elections, compared to 51% turnout in the 2008 presidential election.  Without will.i.am appearing as a hologram or other fancy gimmicks to get young kids off their butts, it seems like us young folks aren’t holding up our end of the democracy bargain.

I think we should step up our game.  For my Chicago friends, we’ve got a mayoral election coming up soon.  Our schools, safety, public transit, and much more are floundering, and this is a real opportunity to get someone new in office who will attend to these problems. We may make jokes about Rahm Emanuel popping up at our el stations or Carol Moseley Braun’s finances, but I think we owe it to ourselves to be informed and active in the upcoming election.  Chicago is a world-class city, and it’s important to select a mayor who is ready to work at maintaining that.  Check the following out!

If you live in Chicago, I encourage you to make sure your voter registration is current by the deadline next week.

Time Out Chicago spoke with the candidates about the role of arts and culture in the city.

The Daily Beast has an interesting article about the role of race in the campaign.

Chicago Tonight hosted a mayoral forum where the candidates entertained questions from Chicago high school students.  It’s a great opportunity to see how the candidates stand on certain issues, and you also get to see amazing young people engaged and active in local politics.

 

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