Josie Rodberg has done it. In fact, she’s done it numerous
times. She does it every time the opportunity arises; and it’s her
goal to get most of the 35,000 18-24-year-olds in Larimer County
doing it too. But what would you expect of the chief organizer for
CSU’s New Voter’s Project?
She has good reason to be concerned. Only 20 percent of 18- to
24-year-olds in Colorado voted in last year’s election. 70 percent
of senior citizens took the opportunity. With the possibilities of
tuition tripling as early as next fall, we’ve got no excuse not to
have our voices heard. In may be in the hands of voter’s next
November to decide the fate of Colorado’s public universities.
Every student on this campus has a vested interest in this
We were always told as kids that we are the future. Well, the
future is now, my friends.
That’s why Rodberg is taking a stand.
“I got really tired of hearing from older people that our
generation is apathetic and self-centered and doesn’t care about
the world around us. This is something that I am really committed
to-making it clear that our generation is actively interested in
the future,” said Rodberg gripping voter registration forms.
For the past several weeks, the New Voters Project has asked
just about every student walking across the plaza if they are
registered to vote.
And -it might seem personal but- the NVP volunteers also inquire
about voter virginity.
That’s right. NVP is teaming up with a campaign called
VoterVirgin. The goal of this coalition is not only to get youth
voting, but to attract people who have never voted before to the
The campaign proclaims “Everybody’s doin’ it in ’04.” I have
bittersweet feelings about the catchy-yet-obnoxious campaign. Do we
really have to resort to sexualizing the polls for youth to care
about what happens in our world? I should hope not.
And yet, I understand the tactic. It works. It got you to
continue to read this column. Remember when Rockin’ the Vote was
risqu� when it started in’90? What about “if this voting
booth’s a rockin’- don’t come a knockin'” in ’08?
The truth is this campaign may just work because we are too
shallow and fad-driven to vote for any substantial reasons. Don’t
believe me? Prove me wrong. Vote in ’04 because you want to have
your individual voice heard not “because everybody’s doin’ it.”
Marika is the news director for KCSU. Her column runs every