Y*VOTE 04 is a series of live, interactive television specials about the 2004 presidential elections. This is the first interactive, televised forum where people 18 to 30 yrs. old can talk about the issues that matter most to them.
This episode focuses on why a majority of young people appear to be neglecting their duties as citizens. In 2000, only 37% of 18-24 year olds bothered to vote. There are more young people today than any age-group since the 1950's. The power of this generation is huge - that's why advertisers try to sell them stuff and older people copy their style. So how come you they afford college, can't find a job, and are more likely to get arrested than everybody else? Simple - most of them don't vote. For more information on this issue, click here.
Y*VOTE 04 features people whose lives will be changed by the 2004 election, and connects viewers, webcammers, callers and Internet visitors with celebrities, experts, activists - and each other. Y*VOTE 04's four programs will portray a single person, whose life will be changed by the outcome of the 2004 election. Internet users can join TV viewers by visiting a "two way TV" interface on affiliated websites, via a link to yvote04.org. They can watch the show on-line, and participate in the conversations using webcam, email and instant polling.
Y*VOTE 04 is proud to be affiliated with a number of organizations that are dedicated to getting politicians to address issues of concern to young voters, while getting young voters to the polls in record numbers. Affiliates include: compact.org, takingitglobal.com, youthnoise.com, chattheplanet.com, indyvoter.org, usstudents.org, youthradio.org, declareyourself.org, rockthevote.com, youth04.org, youthvote.org.
Y*VOTE 04 is a production of the 2wayTV Partnership:
Internews Interactive, a non-profit corporation whose principals have been creating award-winning interactive television programs for national and international broadcast since 1982.
Gekko Video, an innovator with over 10 years' experience in the management, design, and production of digital and interactive video, from early laserdisc to CD-ROM, broadband internet to interactive TV.
The Y*VOTE 04 team has worked in close cooperation with the following organizations and many others with a deep commitment to help young voters find their voice in the 2004 elections. Special thanks to: The Global Youth Action Network and Rinze de Brug.
The Y * VOTE 04 Primary Series is funded by the Sheir'ah Foundation.