Young Adults Share Their Views on Low Voter Turnout at Why Bother? Voices of a New Generation
Why Bother? Voices of a New Generation slideshow
A diverse group of young adults shared their views on the causes of low voter turnout and how to boost it at Why Bother? Voices of a New Generation on Tuesday evening, October 2nd in KLRU’s Studio 6a. With over 250 people in attendance, the event was the first community conversation in a year-long news and public dialogue series sponsored by KUT, KLRU and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.
The featured guests included Paulina Sosa, a student at the University of Texas who is active in the ONE Campaign, a global anti-poverty campaign. Paulina shared her experience as a young student growing up in Brownsville, Texas. She became politically engaged after meeting with her elected officials to urge them to do more to fight poverty. Darrion Borders is a student at Austin Community College and hip-hop artist with The Cipher, which empowers young people through music and culture. Darrion encouraged elected officials to spend more time in east Austin, and urged everyone to use their voice to make a difference in their community. Jeanne Goka, principal of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, said the solutions offered gave her hope that more young people will become empowered to get involved. Ann Beeson, senior fellow and lecturer with the Annette Strauss Institute, moderated the conversation.
Many young people in the audience joined the conversation and offered a range of ways to expand civic engagement. One tried to research how to register to vote on the Internet, but was passed from web site to web site before she finally found the answer. Dana DeBeauvoir, the Travis County Clerk, attended the event and pledged afterwards to make it easier to find voting information on the county web site.
The event will be broadcast on KLRU and KUT on October 4 at 8 pm, and October 7 at 1:30 pm, and KUT will continue to run weekly news stories. The goal of the series – Why bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today – is to raise awareness about low rates of civic participation in central Texas, to seek feedback on solutions directly from citizens, and to increase the level of civic engagement. For more information about the news and public dialogue series, visit http://whybothertexas.org.