JSU Newswire
Jacksonville, Alabama

Sec. Bennett Kicks Off Alabama Voter Registration Project

JACKSONVILLE -- October 25, 2001 -- Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett recently kicked off a major voter registration effort aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 24, including college students. Mr. Bennett hopes that his Alabama New Millennium Project will result in greatly increased numbers of young people who participate in the political process. Please help in this effort to reinvigorate young people's interest in the democratic process by encouraging students to register.

Mr. Bennett said, "When I served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the group conducted the New Millennium Study, a groundbreaking look into the voting patterns of young adults. The results of the study were not encouraging. In the 1998 elections, less than one in five, or roughly 16 percent, of young Americans bothered to vote. While we do not have specific voting statistic for Alabama, it is interesting to note that less than half of this age group in our state is registered to vote as opposed to 71 percent of all eligible adults."

Should you have questions about the Alabama New Millennium Project, please call the Secretary of State's office at 334-242-7205.


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