The Cycle | September 04, 2012
>>> college graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at faded obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.
>> even if you're like me and disagree, that was one of the most memorable lines from paul ryan 's gop acceptance speech, speaking to the presses challenges facing one of president obama 's most enthusistic voting blocks. obama beat mccain by more than 30 points in 18 to 29 demographic. since taking office the president visited a college or high school 132 times. at norfolk state university today. but are young voters still as enthusiastic about him as he is about them in we spoke with some at dnc in charlotte bp let's listen.
>> i think is bound to happen. i think that he represented so many things that my generation believed at that time, it was fresh. good to that someone understand what our generation wanted.
>> i think it is increased because we know what is at stake. and he is not able to complete the work he started.
>> fired up. other people are -- i don't care. it is not that big after deal. my vote doesn't count. to me, that is one of the biggest problems with our generation is the lack of interest in the voting system . and how our government works. and i think that's something we need to address.
>> joining us now from charlotte, matt seagull, can co-founder of our time, a group devoted to empowering young voters. thanks for joining us again.
>> my pleasure.
>> you heard the video we just played. sounds like a mixed verdict. some people are more excited. others say yeah, more apathy this time around. what have you been hearing on the ground?
>> well, there is a slight enthusiasm gap but not in a convention by any means.
>> you know, it is interesting being at both conventions to note the demographic gap in changes. in tampa, it is a much older, certainly less diverse crowd. here, it is incredibly young. much more vibrant and there is a lot more diversity. it reflects our culture. the most culturally diverse in history. but there are problems that many of the people you interviewed said, debt and joblessness. which ever candidates have the better plan and there is an interesting perspective to provide on both candidates on those issues, will definitely carry our demographic.
>> matt, north carolina was obviously an exciting state for the democrats to win last time around. the president won it by only 14,000 votes. and they registered a big part of that victory, registered 675,000 new voters. of those 314,000 of them were young voters. so it is easy it see that young voters were really key part of the victory there in north carolina and other states across the country. this time around, though, at least five states have banned the use of college ids for voting. florida has made address changes, more difficult. so particularly college student coming in. close to november. we will have more trouble. how much are you can concerned about those sorts of barriers to voting and how do you think the obama campaign is doing at organizing on the ground to overcome voting restrictions?
>> to answer your question, i'm extremely concerned about these photo id restrictions at the polling place. they are incredibly sinister in intent because we know that problem that they are supposed to go after, which is voter fraud , is almost nonexistent problem in less than a hundred cases the last ten years. of course. cases have been committed accidentally by former felons who did not know they lost their right to vote. meanwhile students are not only having to find id to match their college address where they have a supreme court upheld right to vote at, but on top of that, they have to decipher through all kinds of misinformation. told if they don't change their driver's license, people were told if you don't change your driver's license you can't vote in college, and so forth. so the obama campaign and any campaign that want to encourage youth voters to show up and turn out are going to have to do a very thorough job of messaging the laws in these various different states. and of course, on top of that, colleges and universities are going to have to step up to the plate and did a much better job telling students about the laws in their states as well. you've seen colleges often rhett sent because they don't want to seem like they have some partisan political intent. but colleges and universities have a much bigger responsibility to do more to encourage civic participation on behalf of this irstudents. i've been very disappointed based on stories we have heard from our members that colleges have not been done a good job of using orientation and classes to register students and tell them about the laws in their states. so the burden will fall on outreach and aspects that can be employed and in different states.
>> thank, matt.