Despite the hue and cry in the months leading up to the election from the “Rock the Vote” crowd, it seems they didn’t bother to show up and actually vote:
A massive effort to bring young voters to the polls resulted in youth overwhelmingly supporting Democratic nominee John Kerry over President Bush Tuesday night — but not in the numbers anticipated.
While young voters split among Bush and Democrat Al Gore four years ago, 56 percent of voters aged 18-29 preferred Kerry Tuesday, according the CNN’s exit polls. But even though more than 1.4 million new young voters registered to vote in this election, the youth block comprised roughly the same percentage of voters that it did four years ago, according to Associated Press exit polls. …
This fall, polls from the Harvard Institute of Politics, the Pew Research Center and MTV all predicted that that this would be the year that the long- ballyhooed youth vote would finally make a difference in the presidential race. The youth voter pool is immense — 40.6 million Americans are between 18 and 29, comprising 1 in 5 eligible voters — but it has rarely been a factor in the 32 years since 18-year-olds have been eligible to vote. Four years ago, just 37 percent of 18-24-year-olds voted.
But despite all the efforts, an Associated Press exit poll survey found that fewer than 1 in 10 voters Tuesday were 18 to 24, about the same proportion of the electorate as in 2000.
It’s what I thought would happen. Not to gloat, but two words: “Bwah” and “ha”.