From the AP Wire -
RALEIGH, N.C. -- More young people in North Carolina engaged in binge drinking than voted during recent presidential elections, according to a report released Monday by a campaign reform group.
Lovely! Aside from reports of a few impressionable Tar Heels walking into a certain campaign office south of their university, my generation isn't getting involved in politics. This doesn't bode well for North Carolina.
About 29 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 25 voted in a major election in 2000 and 2004. That compares to the 37 percent of people aged 18 to 25 identified as "binge drinkers" in a 2004 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report. The report classified binge drinkers as individuals who had at least five drinks on one occasion in the past 30 days.
Under state law, residents must register to vote 25 days before an election. About 915,000 of the 6.4 million voting-age citizens in North Carolina aren't registered to vote.
"Young people and busy blue-collar workers don't pay attention to the election until the final week or so, and by then it's too late," said Bob Hall, Democracy North Carolina's research director. He said the lack of participation slows "the development of democracy of, by and for the people."
I'm meeting with, among others, Rep. Cotham and Melissa Price, the new VP of the NCYD. What do you think we can do to get my generation more involved?