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8-25-2008

Record Number of Young Voters

It's being called the year of the youth voter... More young people than ever before are visiting the polls. When we say young voter, we're talking about people aged 18 to 29.

Across America, young voters have nearly doubled their turnout in the 2008 primaries and caucuses.

Texas is no exception, in fact, we saw an ever higher increase than the national average. The number of young people voting in Texas primaries grew 301% since last election year.

Regardless of political party, those involved in local politics say Amarillo is right on par with the state's growth. 

Nancy Jeffus, with Amarillo Republican Women, says "in the precinct where I work we've seen more young people vote, which is a good thing" Jim Perkins with Amarillo Democrats says "They're registering but the big question is will they follow through with the vote."

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