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Chrissy Faessen, chrissy(at)rockthevote.com, 202.368.1706
Taylor Royle, taylor(at)rockthevote.com 202.215.2003
Stephanie Young, stephanie(at)rockthevote.com 202.368.1738 

Young Voters Already Exceeding 2004 tallies at 4:00 pm EST

Reports from youth-dense precincts in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Nevada indicate that voter turnout among 18-29 year-olds has already surpassed 2004 levels. With the exception of the University of Nevada which is just 49 votes shy as of 4:00 pm.

Washington DC - November 4, 2008

Here are the numbers:

Drexel University (Philadelphia)
2008(as of 1pm): 500 votes cast
2004 total: 425 votes cast

Virginia Tech (Blacksburg)
2008 (as of 3pm): 2,465 votes cast
2004 total: 2,069 votes cast

Florida State University (Tallahassee)
2008 (as of 3pm): 721 votes cast
2004 total: 625 votes cast

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2008 (as of 4pm): 811
2004: 860

At Virginia Tech University and Drexel University lines are now hours long.

"Across the country we are seeing surges of young people hitting the polls," said Heather Smith, executive director of Rock the Vote. "However; there are still significant obstacles, including three to four hour lines, logistical challenges and attempts to make voting less accessible to students. Election protection advocates are working hard to make sure every person who registered to vote is allowed to vote."

We continue to see young voters experiencing attempts to keep them from the polls. Voters in Florida, Texas and Arizona have reported receiving the following text message: "Due to long lines today, all Obama voters are asked to vote on Wednesday. Thank you for your cooperation."  View screenshots here:  http://www.rockthevote.com/electionday/?name=precincts/florida.html

In addition, we have also been notified that students attempting to vote at Florida State who are showing student IDs are being turned away.  By law, students may use student IDs to vote in Florida, as long as the ID is signed.  We are urging individuals to call 1-866-OUR-VOTE if they encounter any problems.

Stay tuned: Rock the Vote will have more up to date information as polls begin to close across the country.

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