Youths ready to Rock the Vote with rally
November 2, 2006
Rock the Vote, a national voter-registration campaign, will hold a youth voter rally at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 – the day before the election – on the mall near Wagner Park. Rock the Vote volunteer Tricia McKenzie said the nonpartisan event will help educate new voters and get them out to the polls Tuesday. All the candidates for Pitkin county commissioner will be there, along with Sheriff Bob Braudis, his challenger, Rick Magnuson, and Gail Schwartz, who is running for state Senate in District 5.The voter rally is the brainchild of Andy MacCracken, a senior at Aspen High School who has jumped into politics in the past few years.MacCracken went through basic voter registration training with McKenzie and helped sign up new voters at this year’s area college fair. And he helped organize the youth voters forum Oct. 27 at the Aspen Institute.He said the rally on Monday will be a last chance for candidates to speak and a place for young people to get together and discuss the issues.Parties and various candidates will set up booths, and there will be plenty of opportunities to talk with candidates. The Friendly Dictators and Carlos Has Two Options, two local bands, will play at the event.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.