In 2008, President Obama relied on a huge wave of young people voting for the first time.
At that time, voters under 30 formed about 17 percent of the electorate. They cast twice as many ballots for Barack Obama as for John McCain.
There are a few reasons why so many first-time voters cast a ballot for President Obama. According to Richard Herrera, associate professor of political science at ASU, he was different than any other candidate since JFK and his charisma.
Students say he reached them on a level they understood -- and also utilized social media.
Today, there are 8 million new registered voters between the ages of 18 and 24. What role will young voters have in this year's election? Will they cast a ballot, and will it even be a factor?
Their interest and opinions in the election vary. But their votes could have a big impact.
A poll recently conducted by Reuters indicates that if the election were held today, 52 percent of people would vote for the president, and 27 percent for Mitt Romney. Reuters polled 2008 college graduates.
FOX 10's Anita Roman has more.