Young people need motivation to vote in November, according to a new Gallup poll. The April 1-25 survey found that almost half of 18-to-29-year-olds were "not enthusiastic" about casting a ballot in the midterm elections.
The poll did have some good news for Democrats. The Gallup survey confirmed that 18-to-29-year-olds prefer Dems to Republicans by a 12-point margin. The party will just need to find a way to motivate this lethargic portion of its base.
Ballot initiatives may help in some states. Young voters, California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton suggested recently, may turnout in the Golden State in order to support a ballot initiative to tax and regulate pot.
A spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project said that initiatives to legalize medical marijuana are expected to be on the ballot in South Dakota and Arizona, where there are a several competitive races.