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Social Media Voter Registration


Beginning: Who here is registered to vote (pause)? Well, for those of you who aren’t, it’s now easier than ever to sign up thanks to social media sites like Facebook and Snapchat. These sites, among others, have started new campaigns to get more young people to exercise their civic duty.


Body: I first read about these campaigns from a September 23 article penned by Didi Martinez, found on the NBC News website. A poll by NBC and the wall street journal found that 18-34 year olds are the least excited about the voting process, which is why these campaigns are important. These campaigns are trying to get young people more excited about voting by making it easier to register to vote. Snapchat, for example, is using celebrities like Jared Leto to reach millennials and encourage them to register. Facebook, on the other hand, had timeline reminders urging users to register and linking them to a registration website. Thus, this relates to our class material on technology, as these social media sites are engaging users not only as a means of communication, but as a way to address greater social issues at hand like the lack of youth civic engagement.


Ending: Given these facts, I personally believe that social media has the power to make a tangible, positive change for the problem of youth voter registration when used the right way. Moreover, I believe that social media is right in addressing this problem, because it is our generation and the ones that follow ours which will determine the course of our country. This is why we need them to come out and vote to make a difference in the political world. Do you think using social media will help the problem?

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