The Millennial generation accounts for nearly a quarter of the entire 2012 American electorate. The 2008 turnout of voters aged 18 to 29 was the largest in U.S. history, but recent polls predict a drop in youth voter turnout for the November presidential elections. via The Power of the Youth Vote.
Come and hear Heather Smith, president of Rock the Vote, a national organization dedicated to the political engagement of young people. Prior to Rock the Vote, Smith founded and directed Young Voter Strategies, a nonpartisan project that provided the general public, political parties, candidates, consultants, and nonprofits with data and research on the youth vote, as well as best practices to mobilize the youth. In 2004, Smith served as national field director for the Student PIRGs New Voters Project, a nonpartisan grassroots effort to register and mobilize young voters. Previously, Smith was an organizing director for the Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing in Boston. She was named one of Campaign & Elections magazine’s “Rising Stars” in 2006 and one of Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest” in 2007. She received her B.A. from Duke University.
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