WASHINGTON – With millennial voters between the ages of 18 and 29 comprising 46 million, or 24 percent of electorate eligible to vote in 2012, Politic365 – the nation’s leading news source on multicultural politics, along with OUR TIME, a nonprofit membership organization that promotes economic opportunities for those under age 30, and ColorofChange.org, the nation’s largest Black online civil rights organization, want to ensure that the crucial constituency’s perspectives on various issues affecting them this pivotal 2012 election season are heard.
Starting on Aug. 22 in Orlando, Fla. and ending on Sept. 6 in Charlotte, N.C., Politic365 and its partners will embark on their Politic365 College Convention Tour, an eleven-college/university tour across Florida and North Carolina that will serve as a face-to-face platform for millennial voters to amplify their opinions on issues that matter most to them. The tours will occur in conjunction with the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and Politic365’s newly launched #VoiceYourVote campaign.
In addition to in-person events, the tours will engage millennial voters through grassroots engagement as well as social media to provide an affirmative platform for young leaders to voice their opinions about jobs, education, healthcare, immigration and voter participation – issues certain to be decisive in determining the nation’s next president and Congress. Politic365 correspondents Jeff Johnson, Lenny McAllister, Adriana Maestas, and Politic365 Editor-in-Chief Kristal High are all confirmed to speak on the tours.
Also confirmed for the tours is Politic365 columnist Jason Johnson, Ph. D. He is a professor of political science and communication at Hiram College, another partner on the Politic365 College Convention Tours. Johnson will present the results from Hiram’s June 2012 millennial voter survey at each tour stop.
“Considering changing demographics and the decisive role young people played in the 2008 elections, millennials can determine America’s future. Yet in political dialogue and news reporting, their voices are often unacknowledged or undervalued,” High said.
Here is the schedule for the Politic365 College Convention Tours, which can be monitored by visiting www.Politic365.com/voice-your-vote: