Tuesday, November 02, 2004

comin' in by the busload!

I volunteered to assist with "directing (human) traffic" at one of the local voting posts here in Amherst. Though this small town in western Massachusetts is clearly a liberal stronghold, that didn't seem to discourage any of the students from UMass Amherst from making their way to the polls.

It was truly inspiring to see: kids riding up on skateboards and bicycles, young couples and small groups streaming in by the dozens. UMass sponsored two shuttles to transport students to and from the polls by the busload.

For the few hours that I stood outside greeting the voters of Precinct 9, late teen and twenty-somethings far outnumbered their older counterparts -- at least 8 to 1. A volunteer who said she'd been involved in elections for many years said she'd never seen anything like it.

Young people have mobilized. And if what I witnessed today is any reflection of what is happening at the polls around the rest of the country, it's a damn good thing.

Amherst, Mass.


At 3:59 PM, Blogger Woody said...



At 12:01 AM, Blogger JoeyPier said...

It appears that a majority of the young voters around the country (maybe not in Mass) were voting for President Bush. That is a good thing.......


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