"They feel beaten down," says Eskamani. "Instead of more passionate, I think sometimes they feel more frustrated."
Some think that frustration could fuel more involvement, especially as students return to campus this fall.
"My hope is that (voter ID and other laws) backfire and that young people find out and are annoyed by it — and that it motivates them more to get out and vote," says Tobin Van Ostern, policy manager for Campus Progress, a Washington-based group that works on voting rights and other issues relevant to students.
If that happens, Eskamani tells her peers, "WE will determine who the next president of the United States is."
Martha Irvine is a national writer for The Associated Press. She can be reached at mirvine(at)ap.org or at http://twitter.com/irvineap
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