The Bus brings out the young guns


It’s official. Youth voters are the story of this election. In a year when young voters were written off, young voters are gaining market share – we’re still crunching numbers, but it’s a big switch, for sure. That’s huge news. In a historically low-turnout election, young voters continue to grow as a political power, just as they should be.

Of course, the flip side to this coin is that this didn’t just happen on its own. No. Hours and hours of hard work went into increasing the youth vote. Take, for example, the programs conceived of and run by the Bus’s stellar PowerCorps squad.

The VoteBot Army engaged and contacted over 2,500 young voters, in large part in Seattle and King County. Our Perfect Postcard campaign provided three flights of encouragement 16,000 young voters statewide, a third of whom live and vote in King County. Candidate Survivor brought together 700 young people in one raucous room – the largest candidate forum in the history of Seattle. And just last Saturday, young volunteers knocked on over 3,200 doors in most youth-dense precincts in Seattle.

Any one of these programs would have increased the impact of young voters on this election. Together, their impact is resounding. As we look to the general election, the message is writ large: respect the young voter. We’re here, and we’re here to stay.

4 Responses to “The Bus brings out the young guns”

  1. 1 Skyzoo
    August 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Way to go Bus! You guys were everywhere this summer, couldn’t shake you even if I tried (or wanted to).

  2. 2 Yoots
    August 21, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Super glad that the Bus got my friends politically active. I’ve been trying for year, believe me. TOok Candidate Survivor to get them inerested.

  3. 3 PCO37
    August 21, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    So when is WA Bus going to do Candidate Survivor II ?
    Curious candidates want to keep room on their dance card for VoteBot.

  4. 4 benhan7
    August 24, 2009 at 5:01 am

    man we really spent a lot of time getting those signups and it feels so good to know that the youth vote has turned up in this election… let’s keep it going for the november election too! 😀 haha. pow pow~!

    -Ben Han (powercorps alum?! O_O)

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