With 2012 on the horizon, the adage that "decisions are made by those who show up" is more relevant than ever. Presidential hopefuls, along with the rest of the country, are already exhibiting signs of advanced electoral fever. Voting rates in the 2008 election were highest among those 55 and older, with participation dropping in each subsequent age group according to the US Census bureau. Recent college graduate Lauren Peterson sought advice from the demographic that outvoted her fellow 18-24 year-olds by more than 20 percent. Here’s what she found.