I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people that thrive off of election season. I love the campaign ads, the debates, the bumper stickers and the controversy. I love it all. I love watching CNN, and I still cling to the idea that Anderson Cooper and I may one day wed. Despite how alluring watching things like “The Real World” or “Hogan Knows Best” may be I must admit that during this season I turn on the news when I wake up, and turn if off when I go to bed. I’m an Election 2008 geek.

While I sit here in my Pokemon shirt (seriously) and my glasses, I’ll reveal to you that while there are so many different ways to approach Election 2008, being an election geek is probably best. If you’re going to vote, you might as well be as well-informed as possible upon doing so.

If you’re not as into Anderson Cooper as I am (most people aren’t, I suppose it’s nothing to be ashamed of), check out YouTube or Facebook for election information. As young voters we have the opportunity to voice our opinions and our concerns. It’s our chance to step up and vote, and as young American citizens, there is no greater privilege.

No matter who we choose to vote for, it is essential that we know exactly why we are voting for them. There’s a reason people often look down on young voters. People tend to think we don’t care or aren’t well-informed.But look around, our generation has more resources than ever before to be well-informed and ready to make a difference. Even if midterms and pre-Spring break papers are piling up on you, take a few minutes to turn on the news or get online, and read about the candidates. Consider where you stand on issues and why you feel that way. The more you know, the more confident you can feel about your candidate, be it Hillary Clinton or John McCain.

As young voters, it’s so necessary that we make it our business to be informed in order to make a difference. It’s necessary that we make it our business to be Election 2008 geeks.

By Amy Leonard