The 2020 presidential election consumed social media platforms for weeks leading up to Nov. 3. Public diplomacy allows anyone with a social media account to publish an opinion or claim fact, and Okemos voters recognized the role this played in voter intimidation. The global pandemic caused 65 million people to send in their votes early via mail. Although this method decreases exposure to other people in the forms of COVID-19 and voter intimidation, the polarized social media posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter leading up to the election left first-time voters and MSU senior Abigail Scroggie frustrated.
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.
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.