For this MSU student, lack of voting didn’t skip a generation

By Nathaniel Bott

Ann Arbor native and MSU senior Joseph Titus, 21, goes about his busy day with no time to think about politics. He takes his studies and homework to the MSU library or Union, takes to the gridiron in intramural football leagues and plays beer pong with his roommates while tailgating a Spartan football game. According to Circle statistics, an organization that examines youth voting in the United States, Titus is also among the 49.6 percent of people in the state of Michigan from ages 18-29 who didn’t vote in the 2012 presidential election. Only 14.8 percent of people ages 18-29 voted in the 2014 midterm, and Titus wasn’t one of them either. As far as Titus knows, His parents and his 25-year-old sister don’t vote.

Debate raises issues for first-time voters

By Abbie Lennox
Ingham County Chronicle

LANSING — First-time voters gained perspective on the presidential election at a legislative debate by political strategists in Lansing on Sept. 19. The 2012 Michigan Chamber Foundation Legislative Reception & Annual Dinner showcased a bipartisan discussion about the perspectives on what the election will mean for America. The debate attracted many first-time voters. Robert Gibbs, senior campaign adviser for President Barack Obama, and his onstage partner Karl Rove, the GOP strategist and former adviser for President George W. Bush, debated various issues, including the role of first-time voters in the 2012 election.