Three key demographics --young, African-American, and women voters will “lock-in” at Spelman College to watch the culmination of the 2012 presidential election. Hosted by the Office of Student Life and Engagement and the Spelman Student Government Association, appearances will be made by who’s who in entertainment, local and state government and other special guests.
Political analysts have speculated that selection of the next president is contingent on gaining majority support from three key voting blocs – young, minority and women voters. While these groups voted in record numbers in 2008, will this hold true in 2012? Specifically:
**In the 2008 election, 84% of 18 to 29-year-old registered voters cast ballots (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement). Will this demographic turn out in force again for this election, or has voter apathy set in?
**The 2008 presidential election had the most racially and ethnically diverse electorate in U.S. history. A record 65% of Black eligible voters voted (Pew Research), helping President Barack Obama win in key swing states. However, with many concerned about the economy and jobs outlook, has enthusiasm waned or will this demographic vote in record numbers again to the advantage of President Obama?
**With President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney currently polling even among women voters (Pew Research), who will gain the edge when this group goes to the polls on Nov. 6?
Get answers to these questions and more when these pivotal voting groups weigh in on the results of the 2012 presidential election.
November 6, 2012
7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
Upper and Lower Manley Student Center
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314