The youth turnout in Mass. was depressing but not surprising. 18-29 year olds are constantly moving around and I'm willing to be that many of them simply missed out on when exactly the election was taking place and failed to think of filing an absentee ballot ahead of time. Many schools didn't return for a second semester until the week following the election. That meant students who go to school in Mass. and registered to vote there wouldn't have been able to make it. I also think many might have taken the election for granted, that a Democrat would surely be elected to replace Ted Kennedy.
Thats my take on the logistics of why so many voters didn't make it to the polls in the first place. In addition to that, the special election cycle itself was a complete circus and offered little for the 18-29 year old crowd to get excited about the candidate. I could understand many just tuning it out after a certain point. The media blitz made TV unwatchable and frustrating.
I just rolled out a refresh tonight. If you click edit from the permalink version of this post you'll actually see the new and improved post form and editor we've been working on for awhile. The issue is actually the admin section. Someone else borked that.
The point is that front page posts and diaries will all use the same editor and form with a few additional things being there for the admins of course. I'll address it now.