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Key Demographics ‘Lock-in’ at Spelman to Watch 2012 Presidential Election Results


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

Terrilyn Simmons
404-270-5822
tsimmons8@spelman.edu

ATLANTA (Oct. 15, 2012) -- Students, faculty and staff from the Atlanta University Center institutions come together to weigh in on the results of the 2012 presidential election.

WHAT:

Three key demographics --young, African-American, and women voters will “lock-in” at Spelman College to watch the culmination of the 2012 presidential election. Hosted by the Office of Student Life and Engagement and the Spelman Student Government Association, appearances will be made by who’s who in entertainment, local and state government and other special guests.

WHO:

Political analysts have speculated that selection of the next president is contingent on gaining majority support from three key voting blocs – young, minority and women voters.  While these groups voted in record numbers in 2008, will this hold true in 2012? Specifically:

**In the 2008 election, 84% of 18 to 29-year-old registered voters cast ballots (Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement). Will this demographic turn out in force again for this election, or has voter apathy set in?

**The 2008 presidential election had the most racially and ethnically diverse electorate in U.S. history. A record 65% of Black eligible voters voted (Pew Research), helping President Barack Obama win in key swing states. However, with many concerned about the economy and jobs outlook, has enthusiasm waned or will this demographic vote in record numbers again to the advantage of President Obama?

**With President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney currently polling even among women voters (Pew Research), who will gain the edge when this group goes to the polls on Nov. 6?

Get answers to these questions and more when these pivotal voting groups weigh in on the results of the 2012 presidential election.

WHY: 

The Election Day “lock-in” will bring together constituents from all of the Atlanta University Center institutions as well as surrounding communities to watch and give immediate reaction to the results of the 2012 Presidential race.

WHEN:   
 
November 6, 2012
7 p.m. - 7 a.m.

WHERE:  
 
Spelman College
Upper and Lower Manley Student Center
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

MEDIA NOTES:

Spelman students and faculty are available to provide commentary on upcoming debates as well as the election. For more information on election events at Spelman, or to coordinate interviews or coverage of the election day watch party, contact Terrilyn Simmons at (404) 270-5822 or tsimmons8@spelman.edu.

About Spelman College

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author and playwright Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.

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