US election: Young voters' view from the American South

06/11/12

Young American voters

The houses that line Robin Hood Road, Maid Marion Lane and Friar Tuck Road in Sherwood Forest are showing who they are backing to run the country.

Front lawns are decked with placards.

But this is not Nottinghamshire - this is Atlanta, Georgia, and the race is for the White House.

A few blocks away downtown, young voters have been giving their views as the marathon run-off between President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney reaches its climax.

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Mike Mendez is 22

Mike Mendez

"It's picking the lesser of two evils, I guess," he said.

"We feel like there is no way to win because if we stick with what we've got we're not going to win and if we go for the alternative we are also going to lose."

Steven Elder is 24

Steven Elder

"I am a little worried," he said. "I am voting for Romney, unfortunately.

"I am not happy with the way things are so am trying something new. America is split right now and a lot of people can't see the damage that has been done.

"Everyone is tired of hearing about the election. Things are bad."

Tuliba Ash is 20

Tuliba Ash

She said: "The election is neck and neck but I will go for Obama, not because of his race but I feel he understands what it feels like to pay off your debts from school, to have a lot of loans. Romney doesn't.

"I am trying to stay at college so that's why my vote is for Obama."

Tajuan Hardy is 22

Tajuan Hardy

"I feel that for the first time in a while America is on the right track," he said. "America is a working class country.

"You have got to understand that the majority of Americans are working class and if they feel they are considered and taken care of then we will have a better country. Obama is doing that."

Emily Ward is 26

Emily Ward

"I feel that there are a lot of difficulties with the economy and foreign policy," she said. "There is a flood of propaganda.

"I think it is difficult being young and my vote goes in contrast to a lot of young people.

"This election is very, very important. Probably the most important I have been alive for."

Mikita Thompson is 22

Mikita Thompson

"I am trying to stay informed," she admitted. "It's a big vote for our generation. It's a big deal.

"It was such a huge achievement for this country to vote for an African American but in the last four years nothing much has been achieved so it's time for a change."