DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The defining factor for some campaigns may be young voter turnout. But some student’s at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, say those candidates may be a little too hopeful.
“Students will go to rallies, maybe they’ll volunteer, but when it counts on election night, on Feb. 1 they’re not gonna show up,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (D Presidential Candidate) at a rally. “Let’s make those pundits eat those words.”
“We feel like we’re a lot stronger than the polls represent,” Sen. Rand Paul (R Presidenital Candidate) told Meet the Press Moerator Chuck Todd. “Our strength, we think, is with the younger voters.”
Sanders and Paul are two candidates counting on young voters tonight. But should they be putting their faith in them?
“I don’t think they can probably count on that many young people coming out,” said SAU senior Hannah Bates.
“To be completely honest I don’t think people have been presented with the information enough,” said SAU senior Lauren Crew.
SAU freshman Megan Heun is originally from Illinois she says she did not even know she could caucus. But knowing the information ahead of time would have influenced her decision.
“Yes it probably would have been something I would have been partaking in tonight,” Huen said.
And senior Christine La says her busy schedule did leave time to gather the information she would need to feel comfortable caucusing.
“I honestly haven’t taken the time to really educate myself, and keep up on what’s going on,” she said.
Both are themes students who do plan to caucus recognize as obstacles for young voters.
“I kind of went out of my way to learn about it,” Crew, who is planning to caucus, said. “I don’t think the information was really presented to me though.”
“I’m a senior I know there’s all this stuff to do and it’s hard to take time out of the day to kind of learn about this,” Bates, who is planning to caucus, said of her peers. “It’s just extra work.”
And as Bernie Sanders supporter, Kellyn Cochran notes, some first-time voters simply do not have the confidence.
“We’re still trying to figure out who we are as individuals and young adults growing up,” the SAU senior said. “So some people just aren’t clear where they stand on issues yet.”
Students who are planning to caucus did say they are working to convince their friends to participate with them. The SAU campus is split into two precincts, so students who do head out and caucus can make a difference at more than sight.