Young Voters Prefer Candidates Advertise on Social Networking Sites
We've all seen the political signs throughout the city with candidates names and faces on them. But is that type of advertising getting the attention of young voters?
"Honestly, I think everyone sees these signs and says oh I've seen that guy but no one actually goes out and actually takes the initiative to vote."
Instead of paying attention to political signs seen near TAMIU's campus, younger voters we spoke to think social networking sites are a better way for candidates to get their platform heard. McVinnie admits to being glued to his phone like many other college students. He suggests candidates would get more attention on facebook.
"The average person maybe checks it 10 times a day, but college kids probably 50 times a day."
Students we spoke to at TAMIU say signs plastered along the road like these behind me aren't very effective.
"It doesn't tell me what they stand for or what they want to do for the city or how they want to help. It just says their nickname."
One student we spoke to says candidates taking to social networking sites such as facebook and twitter won't sway his vote.
"I think they're trying to appeal to the younger population...trying to put their image out there because they feel it's the new trend."
Camacho adds that he doesn't agree with many politicians... Especially in the gateway city.
"It's more of a popularity contest than anything else. It's become a 'who's who' of Laredo families and not so much a 'who's what'."