Full Program - Full Program
Extras - Video Backgrounder
Extras - Not Energized - College Freshman Colton Rachal explains why he’s not energized about this year’s presidential election.
Extras - Very Energized - College Freshman Braylon Hyde says he is very energized about the current election.
Extras - The Economy - College student Allie Hebert indicates the issue most important to her in the election.
Extras - Fairness - For college Senior Alexander Duchene, all issues in this race boil down to fairness.
Extras - Electoral College - College Senior Adria Porch isn’t enthused about the current Electoral College process.
Extras - My Vote Counts - College Junior Matt Novak explains why his vote matters.
Extras - Our Voices Heard - College Junior Christopher Ambrogio outlines the importance of voting for the younger demographic.
Extras - Honor Vets Vote - Louisiana’s Secretary of State Tom Schedler explains his office’s voting initiative triggered by a trip to the Middle East.
Extras - No TV Sets - Political analyst and Shreveport native, Charlie Cook, describes how younger people get their news.
Extras - Youth Engagement - LSU Mass Comm. and Political Science Asst. Professor Rosanne Scholl, Ph.D. explains how today’s youth engage in politics differently.
10/12 - Louisiana’s Youth Vote 2012
How energized are young voters about this year’s presidential race?
In 2008, voter turnout in Louisiana among 18-29 year olds increased 4 percent from the previous presidential election, two percentage points higher than the national average. But research shows that young voters are significantly less engaged in this year’s election than at a comparable point in 2008 and now lag far behind older voters in interest in the campaign and intention to vote. So, how energized are the state’s young voters about this year’s presidential race? What issues matter most to this demographic? And where does this voting bloc stand on the two political parties’ platforms? Watch Louisiana Public Square as it explores these questions and more on “Louisiana’s Youth Vote 2012” airing Wednesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
On July 1, 1971 the 26th Amendment was ratified, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. Since that time, voting participation by younger voters has been inconsistent despite the voting power held by this demographic. According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE): Nationwide, 46 million young people ages 18-29 years old are eligible to vote.
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Posted by Mark on 10/24 at 07:56 PM
I watched Louisiana Youth Vote 2012, and I’m writing to praise the moderator. He was friendly and upbeat, professional without talking down to the youth, and I love that I could not tell who he was planning to vote for in the election. He was impartial in a manner that should make those who love good journalism proud. The participants were able to reveal their positions/parties without being favored or discouraged by him. Also, I am impressed that the participants were civil and respectful of each other. Keep up the good work!
Posted by Ms. Cynthia Donnelly on 10/26 at 09:17 AM
What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)
Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.