it's viewed, technology has helped engage young people at the
"It is proving to be a very effective way of getting volunteers,"
said Hans Riemer, political director of the youth voting organization
Rock the Vote.
"If you're looking to find somebody who's going to spend
22 hours putting up signs for you, I'd go to MySpace," Phil
Noble, who runs the PoliticsOnline consulting firm, told the Associated
Facebook has set up profiles for 1,600 candidates and invited
them to use the site.
Phil Angelides, the Democratic candidate for governor of California,
has a Facebook page with 2,500 supporters where he posts responses
to questions students leave on his message board.
Aaron Coleman, a student at the University of California, San
Diego, was impressed by the effort and posted the comment, "A
real Facebook profile? Obviously a man for education ... see you
at the polls Phil."
Kinky Friedman is an independent candidate running for governor
of Texas who has made it a point in his campaign to try to motivate
young voters. He has over 30,000 "friends" on his MySpace
page. The page outlines his campaign agenda and he even produced
and posted animated shorts on the site to illustrate why voters
should choose him.
While Friedman is still a long shot to win, the online support
is enough to make any opponent take notice.
Friedman's challenge, like all candidates capitalizing on the
new technology, will be to translate that support into votes on
by Talea Miller for NewsHour Extra
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