July 01, 1996

1996 marks the 25th anniversary of suffrage rights for youth at the age of 18. Even though teenagers had to fight for their right to vote, a recent survey showed that incoming college freshmen are less interested and less involved in political affairs than any group in the past 30 years. In fact, 18-24 years olds vote at only half the rate of the general population. While young Americans aren’t voting, they are engaged in another activity that’s changing our democracy — their communicating on the world wide web. A recent survey showed that over half the users of the internet are under the age of 30. This year, an on-line event in the final days of the election season aims to spark more political involvement from young people —- its called "WEBSTOCK"— part music festival, part video games extravaganza and part pre-election rally.

Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky has this report.