Iowa campaigns target young voters in midterm elections

Campaign organizers are still working hard, with less than a week until mid-term Election Day.

This is the first time the Iowa Senate seat has been open in thirty years and the decision could possibly be determined by the youth.

Which is why political offices are targeting younger voters in their campaigns.

“This is the most important election of their time and I mean that sincerely,” Josh Wilson with the Blackhawk County Republicans said.

The focus may be on young voters as the tight race between Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley, among others puts America at a crossroad.

“When it comes to youth voters you have to go to them you can’t expect them to come to you as a party. When you sit down and show these young people the numbers, and show them that, you know our grandparents and parents are not going to be the ones to solve this, its going to be us, they start to pay attention a little more,” Wilson said.

As for the Blackhawk County Democrats, chair holder Pat Sass said they’re going around to different colleges to get students registered.

Vice Chair of the University of Northern Iowa College Republicans, Dylan Keller said candidates need to focus on the long term goals, rather than short term when campaigning.

“I think our youth is ready to support candidates that want to make sweeping changes that impact them, not just 5 to 10 years, but 20 to 15 years down the road,” Keller said.

Wartburg Student, Ella Newell said younger people in particular have a hard time determining what’s true and what’s false in political affairs.

The Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported Monday that over $27-million has been spent on political attack ads and as election day gets closer, they continue to take over television airwaves more and more.

“They’re as sick of it as we are, really, I mean when you stop and think about it there’s an awful lot of that going on,” Sass said.

Newell said the idea of political ads are similar to the goal insurance commercials have.

“They’re selling you fear, so they’re saying if you don’t vote for this candidate, look at all these bad things that are going to happen, instead of saying if you vote for this candidate a lot of good things are going to happen,” Newell said.

Regardless of what the political ads have said, both parties agree it’s up to the voters to look into what’s true and what’s not.

“I think the most important thing for younger voters to do is to make sure that the know the facts you shouldn’t for any election go in blind,” Newell said.

“Get out to vote that’s the big key thing here, be knowledgeable and informed,” Keller said.

Here’s where you can go to vote on Tuesday in Blackhawk County and in Bremer County.

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