Young Voters Targeted

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

Shortly before lunch, a group of campaign workers had already passed out 500 voter registration forms at Jackson State University. And to make matters easier, the precinct these students will vote in come November will be right on campus.

"The time is now for our future to step up to the plate," said John Arthur Eaves, Democratic candidate for governor.

Eaves said he believes voters between 18 and 24 could really help him in the general election.

That seems to follow a national pattern where candidates are recognizing the importance of the young voter.

In July, a Democratic presidential debate used questions from mostly young voters off YouTube.com.

But do students here think candidates are really listening to their needs?
Even with the Democratic nominee for governor here on the Jackson State campus, the students we spoke with say they feel ignored when it comes to election time.

"They need to cater to us to vote, because it really counts for us to vote here at Jackson State," said James Boyd, a senior.

Eaves shook hands and listened to what the students had to say. Some had a lot on their minds.

"I believe that you want the government run correctly, you want your communities up right and you don't want to have to pay so much to go to school," said freshman Britney Omyna.

And that seemed to be the main issue for everyone.

"There's a lot of people I see running around here that can't pay for their education, or just struggling just trying to get ends met," said Jiman Nelson, a freshman.

Because as one student said, "We're not just about having a good time. We think about the future, too."

That future may or may not include John Arthur Eaves or his Republican opponent, Gov. Haley Barbour.

Barbour and his campaign manager were both unavailable for comment..


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