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Opinion: Why Vote? Count the Reasons…

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Kirk Jowers, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, recently responded to an article in the City Weekly that asserted results of the upcoming elections are “a forgone conclusion, so why vote?” In his letter, Mr. Jowers provides a very different view.

At the Hinckley Institute of Politics, we’re observing the exact opposite response. In fact, the results of our University of Utah straw poll conducted last week with a sample of 1,510 freshmen, sophomore, juniors, seniors and graduate students is cause for great optimism—particularly considering 18- to 25-year-olds are traditionally one of the lowest-voting demographics.

The poll found that not only are 90 percent of the sampled students “interested” in the 2012 presidential election, 58 percent of students defined themselves as “very interested.” More heartening still,…  read the complete article here.