FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 9, 2011
BOTHELL, Wash. – Secretary of State Sam Reed visited students from University of Washington Bothell and from Cascadia Community College on Monday to engage in a discussion about diversity and elections.
The visit to the Bothell campus was part of a college civics tour in which Reed is connecting with the state's youngest voters, who happen to be the age group with the lowest voter participation rate in Washington.
“It's important for students to realize their collective voice is powerful and that they need to exercise it through their ballot and through being involved,” Reed said. “A key reason I do this tour is to remind students why their votes make a difference, and to encourage them to take part in their government and community.”
Voters in the 18 to 24 age group remain by far the least engaged voting bloc in Washington, comprising only 5 percent of the population that took part in the 2010 General Election. The 65-and-over age group made up 24 percent of last November's voter turnout, followed by ages 55 to 64 (23 percent), ages 45 to 54 (21 percent), ages 35 to 44 (15 percent) and ages 25 to 34 (11 percent).
“The good news is that we're seeing a larger percentage of younger people voting than before,” said Reed, in his third term as Secretary of State. “But they're still lagging behind the other age groups in terms of participating, and we hope to help college students realize why voting should matter to them and how their vote can influence the world around them.”
About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning.For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.
Photo Caption: Student government officers from UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College meet Secretary of State Sam Reed. From left to right: Kevin King, Maryam Soomro, Secretary of State Sam Reed, Amira Davis and Eric Chan.
Photo: Marc Studer, UW Bothell, Date: 05/09/2011
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