YOUNG VOTERS: A MIXED PICTURE OF SUCCESS AND UNDER PERFORMANCE

Young adults are registering and voting in record numbers in North Carolina, but a new report says that about one fourth of the state’s citizens age 18 to 25 are still not registered and two out of three have not voted in a state election.

The Young Voters Index points out that 90,000 more young people are registered today than in January – a 16% gain and the biggest increase among any age group.* But it also says that at least 200,000 young citizens are still not registered and 560,000 have not voted in a NC election.

“A school teacher looking at the numbers would say our young adults are ‘underachievers,’” said Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, the nonpartisan voting rights and campaign reform group that prepared the report. “Young people are participating more than they did four year ago, but they have tremendous potential to do so much more.”

more: http://www.democracy-nc.org/nc/2008/youth.pdf