AP Government Post #3

Studies show that the young voter bloc (age 18-25) rarely votes. Why is this? What can be done to increase voter turnout?

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113 thoughts on “AP Government Post #3

  1. Because at that moment in their lives they think they have better things to do like college and video games and stuff. Only later in life when they have a stable job and routine do they think about politics. Maybe to remedy this you could make some sort of incentive for voting. Like giving them a cookie.

    • This is true. In the 2012 election there was a scandle that young voters were staying home to play Halo 4 because it released that day. Young people care more about media than politics.

      • I read an article about that after reading your comment, that’s crazy! I would have at least voted early but I’ve seen how crazy people go over game releases.

    • Hmm I agree that giving voters a cookie would serve as sufficient incentives for them to vote, especially the ones in the 18-25 block. It is a good point you raised up, that people in this block would focus on building their career and future first before turning their attention to politics.

      • I think another effective method for increasing voter turn out in the 18-25 block would be higher publicity on how the election effects those things like their career and future and make political information more accessible. Many of the current politicians are on Twitter, but posting more about their political stances prior to elections seems like it would make voters more informed. In addition, having high schools/ colleges in different states host political debates or speeches and giving students priority access would give them easy access to the current political landscape. I do agree that people in that age block have a lot to worry about and prioritize differently than people who are out of school and have already established jobs though; and that an incentive is needed.

    • I agree. We are all distracted with all the other things going on that politics is the last thing we are thinking about unfortunetly, even though our vote is just as important.

    • The only problem with an incentive is that people will be inclined to vote, however, they may not be as well educated on the canidates as someone who would vote reguardless of an incentive. Ignorant voters are worse than the person not voting in my peronal opinion.

  2. The young voters rarely vote mostly because they don’t care and rather do anything else. Voting takes a little bit of time out of a day and the young generation is too used to everything happening right now and for their gain. The best way to increase voter turnout would be to speed up the voting process or make mail in ballets more widely accessible.

    • I agree that young voters do not care. However, I do not necessarily agree that the voting process needs to be expedited. Perhaps BALLOTS could become more convenient for voters.

    • Interesting interpretation. I believe that millenials are more patient than other generations, however, I feel that the tendency to procrastinate probably plays a large roll in voting, or lack there for of.

    • I think this would help out a lot. Many young voters are still in school and working so they don’t have the time to go vote.

    • I agree, in 2018, everything is fast paced for young people. They need to make the voting process as easy as staying home and clicking a button.

      • The only problem with “clicking a button” is the authenticity of the vote. We already have conspiracies of the election numbers being smudged, how would the government create a way to vote that is secure on the internet considering all of the threats? What if the server gets so much traffic that it crashes? Thats valuable votes thrown out the window.

    • I don’t know if it has so much to do with the ‘here and now’ mentality of the younger generation as much as the inconvenience of long and tedious voting process. If you look at the overall voting turnout, it sits at about 60% which isn’t great. I do agree with making the process quicker and easier for everyone as no one has time to take off work or skip classes to vote.

    • I agree, our generation can be very impatient and often uninformed on these topics. If the voting process was easier to go through and understand for us, then maybe more people would vote. Making voting more accessible for our impatient age groups could increase the amounts for sure.

  3. The 18-25 year-old voter block does not vote because they are not interested in politics and believe that the political decisions made do not affect them. In order to increase voter turnout, these 18-25 year-olds need to know that they can make a difference with their vote and that their vote matters.

    • I agree that young voters need to know that their say has equal value to everyone else’s. They should not have to wait years before they realize this.

      • Exactly, we need to better on showing the importance of their vote. Younger people’s think it doesn’t matter if they vote or not, because the parties do not cater to them, which they should.

        • That statement is true the parties should focus on the younger demographic as well because they could change the voting outcome.

    • I agree, something should be done to engage younger voters in politics. I also believe that many younger people don’t vote due to the inconveniences of ballots

    • I agree that encouraging younger voters that their votes matter would definitely affect voter turnout, but how would you go about doing this? Maybe focusing on political issues more in high school so when students are able to vote they feel better prepared.

    • How do you think we should make then know their vote counts? The education system already pushes this hard. I think millennials need to make up their mind.

    • Maybe by teaching them in high school about how these elections will or will not effect them. By educating them on how these candidates and current events affect them they will be more likely to care and make informed decisions.

    • I agree. I think that the electoral college is a huge deterent for voting. Americans do not feel that their vote really counts and abolishing it would encourage more people to vote

    • I think that most people that age are interested in politics but I do agree that they think their vote doesn’t matter. It would make a big difference if they were convinced that their vote counts and has an impact on the future of the country. People need to feel like their voices will be heard not ignored.

  4. I feel like young voters are still figuring out what they are yet, so they would rather not cast their votes because they are unsure about it. To increase voter turnout, a possible way would be to better educate young adults about candidates through news and the media.

    • That is a very good point, younger people who haven’t been exposed to the world and politics may not know what they agree with. Educating the younger generation on the politics of the world they live in should be a high priority.

      • This very true. People in the 18-25 age are still figuring out who they are on their own. But, if they had someone to guide them through politics to form their own opinion the voter turnout is sure to increase. Good idea.

    • I didn’t even think of this but it makes a lot of sense. These people may have just recently moved out or started attending college so they need some time to understand what they want. I also agree that young people could benefit from more education about politics as this would increase the amount of confidence they’d have when casting their vote.

    • I agree that many young people do not yet know what their political affiliation is. Educating young adults could be an effective way to increase voter turnout.

    • I Agree with that. There is not much education to teach the youth about what happens in politics. And if they don’t know that they have a voice that won’t try.

    • Considering the younger voter block gets all of their information from the news or media, maybe preventing false news from getting to people could help better inform people.

    • That is an excellent point because younger generation uses the media to gain there news and information.

    • I agree that they should utilize the media to show how important voting actually is, however, I’m not sure how effective it would actually be.

  5. I think the turnout for the younger voters is generally low because many people in that age range are busy with college or jobs, and may not find the available time to go to a physical voting location. They might also have no interest in voting if they don’t care about the political state of our nation. To increase voter turnout, we could use mail-in ballots, which would solve the problem so they don’t have to go find a place to vote.

    • I agree that many younger people avoid voting due to being busy, but mail-in ballots are already used. I think that making ballots less complicated and easier to access could increase voter turnout.

    • I agree. The youth today are worrying about money and how they are going to pay for college or make the next rent. They are too busy to think about elections.

  6. People age 18-24 rarely vote because it is an inconvenience, they feel they don’t know enough about politics, can’t connect with the candidates, or they think it doesn’t affect them. To encourage more voting from this age group incentives should be provided (other than a sticker) or the inconvenience factor should be taken away. If there was a way to do electronic voting I’m sure it would increase votes from the voter bloc 18-24. Mail voting was a good idea because that makes it easier, but apparently not easy enough for the average young adult. We need to also include more political discussion in schools so that people become more involved. Candidates could benefit from getting young people involved in their party through incentives as well and also they could do a better job appealing to the younger generation.

    • You do bring up a good point, regarding the fact that younger voters can’t connect to politicians. The older generations have known most of their politicians for many years. Maybe if there were more town halls or opportunities for the young adults to meet and get to know the people they would vote for, they would be more likely to vote?

    • I agree with the point you brought up, in that these people think they don’t know enough and that it won’t affect them in any way. Giving them incentives to vote is a good idea but the question is what are those incentives going to be?

  7. Many people don’t vote because of the inconvenience. Younger people don’t vote as much because they feel a disconnect to politics. It is cyclical that few young people vote, so few politicians cater to them, so few young people vote. Mail-in ballots have definitely increased voter turn out, though this system could be expedited to make voting even easier for younger voters.

    • I definitely agree that there is a cycle created between the younger citizens not voting and the focus of politicians on certain demographics. I’m not sure if mail-in ballots necessarily help with younger voters because it seems like a longer process that we aren’t taught about that much in school.

    • I didn’t even think about the cyclical pattern, but I agree. If we want to have more young people vote, politicians need to communicate and make their policies more appealing to the younger generation.

    • I agree that mail in ballots are very effective in getting more votes as a lot of people do not want to leave their homes or go out of their way to vote

  8. Many voters between the ages of 18-25 are still in school so they don’t see it as a priority above their studies. A lot of young people also don’t really see it as something they need to deal with. Exposing high schoolers to current events and explaining how many things do affect their lives would make them more informed and more likely to vote when they turn 18.

    • I hadn’t even thought about how being in school would impact how people vote, but you’re right! When people are still in school, they just aren’t exposed to many of the issues that politicians build their platforms on. Helping young voters relate those issues to their own lives would probably encourage them to vote.

  9. I’d say that young people don’t vote as much as older voters is because they don’t know how much voting would actually affect them. To improve young voter turnout, there’d have to be a way to explain the voting process and how each position that can have someone elected to it will affect them, like sending a letter or e-mail to every citizen living in that age range.

    • I agree that by exposing kids to the democratic process would implore them to possibly participate. However, I think the best approach to this would be in our schools, since most people in this age group would disregard a letter or email pertaining to political involvement.

  10. Young people often do not vote because they know very little about political issues that are occurring at the moment and feel that they are too busy to take time out of their day to go out to the voting polls. Many people aged 18-25 are in college or are earning an education of sorts, and prioritize their studies over participation in political action. To improve voter turnout, teaching high schoolers about how they can vote and about different political positions could lead more young people to become involved in the political world.

    • I totally agree with better educating younger people about politics. They should understand that their vote counts as much as anyone else’s.

    • I agree that they should teach high schoolers about voting and the different positions. They will have a clearer understanding of what they are voting for and they might be more interested in looking into it.

  11. Young people rarely vote because voting is not one of their top priorities. At that age, they have so many other things to worry about and politics may not be on the top of their list. They don’t have the time nor patience to go to polling places. They also don’t know enough about politics to care about how it affects them. Educating more young people about politics or making the voting process more convenient could convince them that it’s worth their time.

  12. Young voters are either lazy, ignorant, or too busy. The US is a mix of so many people with different lives. Some may just not want to vote. Some may not know how, what will happen if they do or if their votes even matter. And some are so busy with their lives that they don’t even think about the importance of voting. To fix this pretty much all we can do is educate they youth and tell them why voting is important and hope they will do it.

    • I think calling an entire demographic lazy and ignorant is a bit of a stretch. A lot of young people in particular are discouraged with how much impact they can actually have in the government, with unbalanced practices like the electoral college in place (the winner of the popular vote didn’t actually become president). However, I do agree that increased education is a good way to correct misconceptions and potentially increase voter turnout.

      • I personally agree with Katelyn. I mean honestly, if we gave a survey to all of the people between the ages of 18-25 in Arizona (just as a general example) I would be willing to bet that less than 30% of those people actually vote. If we look at the typical personality of a person between these ages, we’d most likely see that they’re impulsive, ignorant, and possibly lazy. While I’m not trying to assume people’s work ethic, their is also some truth to the stereotype.

  13. Voters between the age of 18-25 don’t vote because they don’t know how to, don’t understand politics nor want to. And i think mainly they don’t understand how much their vote counts. Along with how’s it effects their future so much. To change the voter turnout I say simply inform them about these obstacles thats stopping them from voting. Then just leave it up to them. You can’t force anyone to vote.

    • Yes I feel the same way. The doors should be open for younger voters to have an impact and they have the right to know that their vote counts for something. And I agree with having the voters form their own opinion.

    • I disagree with not wanting to understand politics, I think people would like to but it seems intimidating. If it were more well established as an expectation for people of this age to vote, that would probably change it.

  14. I think that people of the age do not vote because they are just lazy and uneducated about certain topics in politics so they do not even bother. Or they use what they see on twitter to base their political opinions on and it doesn’t end up being truthful.

  15. Young voters rarely vote because they are unsure about how they feel about politics. They are still developing their views and they are also preoccupied with school or getting settled after graduating school. They have less time to think about something as important as voting so they just disregard it. The most we can do is teach them about politics in the most unbiased way.

    • I agree, one doesn’t typically understand the importance of voting until later in life and I definitely agree that we must teach them of it in an unbiased manner.

    • I agree, I believe that by bringing attention to voting and political issues in a simple but effective manner that people in our age group can digest, would be the key to increasing voter turnout

  16. I believe that since younger voters a new to the voting scene and preoccupied with different things they don’t vote. Many young people may not care (they think they wont have an impact) or they could still be developing their political views.

  17. I believe that the people in this age group believe that they have much better things to do in life than to vote, maybe looking for a job or worrying about school or their own hobbies, everything that they “know” will have a direct effect on their lives. I also think that some of these people do not think that their opinions matter since none in their age group votes and them voting won’t make such a big difference. I believe that one way of improving this situation is to change their views on voting and how voting affects their lives. I think it is crucial to fix these people’s views on voting and show how their votes actually count towards improving their lives.

  18. The youngest voters often don’t vote for multiple reasons; they don’t know how to register, they don’t understand what they’re supposed to be voting for, or they don’t think their vote matters in the first place. These problems could be easily remedied by making information on how to vote not just easy to find, but hard to avoid. Often taking the first step is the hardest part, so encouraging young people to register to vote could be the most effective way to get them to participate.

    • I agree that encouraging young people to just register to vote would be helpful. Many of them may not even know that it’s as simple as an extra check box when getting their license at the dmv that registers them to vote, and another to get the mail in ballot which does make it slightly easier to vote

  19. Young people often don’t vote for several reasons. For one, it’s an inconvenience. Even mail in ballots take time and are complicated and filled with things that young voters don’t understand or are irrelevant to them. Secondly, many don’t know what they believe in yet, so choosing, for example, which president to vote for, may be difficult to decide.

    • I agree, if they make the voting system more convenient and less complicated, more people would feel inclined to participate or maybe they could teach people the things on the ballot to make it less complicated.

  20. I believe that voter turnout for the 18-25 age group is so low due to a lack of participation in the economy. Until someone owns a house, apartment, a car or other large purchases, and has to deal with large amounts of income tax, sales tax, and other processes, they do not really feel the effects of taxes, or the benefits from taxes, like roadwork, new infrastructure, and police and fire services.

    The only way I can see this being curtailed is to appeal to the concerns of this age group, such as paying for college.

    • Yeah I totally see this, many government proposals are based in the economy and young people aren’t usually much involved in that yet. If more proposals provided benefits for 18-25 year olds, then maybe voter turnout would improve. It seems like an unfortunate cycle where proposals are not made focusing on the young voter age group bc they do not vote, but they don’t vote because no proposals are made affecting them. Although, I think this is not the only thing providing a lack of votes from this age group.

    • I like the idea of appealing to the age group in order to convince them to vote. Having something applied to them will grab their attention.

  21. Young voters rarely vote because they think the decisions made on Election Day doesn’t effect them. They are wrong. If we want them to vote more, we must be better at educating and reaching the teenagers. They make up a large population and can turn the tide of an election.

    • I agree with this! Especially with the large population of older citizens that vote regularly and usually have different political views than younger people, I think their votes can seems as though they won’t matter. This is also an example of diffusion of responsibility, where these young people assume others will vote so they don’t have to. I think the idea of greater education in high school and prior is smart in promoting greater voter turnout.

  22. I think that the younger voting bloc does not vote because at that point, they have never had that opportunity before. This, along with the fact that college-age students tend to be exceedingly busy with school and social life, among other priorities, seems to result in a lack of representation at the polls. I think the current political landscape is prompting younger voters to participate in elections because many are not happy with how the last presidential race specifically turned out. In addition, I feel like offering a day or two of voting opportunities actually on college campuses around the nation would increase voter turnout in that bloc because those citizens wouldn’t have to go out of their way to do it.

    • I absolutely agree, it may just be me but it seems that many more people are participating in politics since the recent election. I wonder how much college campuses actually try to get their students to vote, nice unique idea!

  23. Ideally every citizen would care enough about policics to be informed/vote and our government would reflect citizen’s wishes. I think encouraging people to research the issues is the best place to start. Simply encouraging voter turnout seems strange. I mean does anyone benefit from uninformed and apathetic voters.

  24. The reason why young citizens rarely vote is because they are not well-developed enough to take on a political standpoint. Around this age, they have other personal responsibilities such as school and work. They are not involved in the economy/government compared to older citizens who have their lives set out. To increase voter turnout with these types of citizens, we can influence/advertise while making voting for convenient.

    • I agree completely with not being able to take a political standpoint. I feel as if that particular time in life is when people are finding who they are and what they care about.

    • This is definitely how I feel, older citizens are more financially stable, have more experience, and definitely have more time than younger citizens. Advertisement could help, it feels like the majority of news outlets try to appeal to their current audience, not up and coming voters.

  25. It seems like the younger bloc have various other things to worry about such as college and make a stable living. It also takes a huge chuck of time out of your day to go and vote. One could argue that there are mail ballots, but this is a very unstable time for people as they move around and attend university. If there was a more efficient voting process, there would most likely be higher voter turnout regardless of age.

    • I also think the reason that young citizens do not vote because it takes a decent amount of time to go through the process which they don’t have the time for.

  26. There are probably multiple reasons as to why young adults are not voting. At this time in their lives, many may not even have politics on their mind as they are so busy with schooling or trying to figure out what to do with their lives. It’s also possible that much of the age range is undecided on their political views and do not know who they would vote for if they did.

    • Forgot to talk about voter turnout, the ability to receive the ballot in the mail probably aids with convenience. Campaigns often feel as though they are directed more towards older adults who have much more structure in their life as well, advertisements for younger voters could aid too.

  27. In my opinion the younger generation doesn’t vote because they either feel like their vote doesn’t have any weight on an election/decisions made, or because the younger voters do not feel that the issues pertain to them. Most 18-25 year olds don’t understand how issues like healthcare or social security are going to affect them. In order for the younger generation to increase the amount of voters, it needs to be easier for them to vote and easier for them to understand the consequences of not voting.

    • I agree that people don’t really think about healthcare or social security until they’re much older. For many young people, voting doesn’t seem to be worth the time and effort because it doesn’t have much of an impact, yet.

  28. Personally, I believe that younger people don’t vote out of lack of understanding of each candidates beliefs and don’t have the patience to do adequate research; or, they don’t have faith in the democratic process. I think one thing that can be done is candidates could have some sort of pamphlet that condenses their entire platform with a few short sentences that can be distributed to the masses. While this isn’t a perfect way for getting information, I feel that if younger people were given their information this way, it would allow them to better grasp the ideas and beliefs of multiple candidates and maybe give them a deeper understanding of various political issues.

    • I agree that it could be due lack of understanding. A lot of them are still trying to figure out where they stand politically but don’t feel that it is as important as the other decisions they are making at the moment.

  29. I think the younger section of voters do not vote for a few reasons. Some simply chose to live in ignorance and let the rest of the country decide, others merely do not have the time. With college and grad school and actually being an adult, life seems to get tedious. Young adults are exactly that- humans that are new to being independent and having responsibilities. Sometimes the opportunity cost to vote merely isnt enough. I do think that if there was a faster way to vote, us young-uns would paricipate in politics more than a 140 character rant on twitter. Another route ive heard discussed was making election day a paid holiday, so that people who need that pay do not have to sacrifice.

    • I agree because as we are turning 18 we have so much bombarding is like jobs and college and never really have the time.

    • I agree that ignorance can play a factor. I feel like many people think they do not have to vote because they have this attitude that most other people vote and their vote won’t change anything. I think this attitude of letting the rest of the country decide is very dangerous because in reality every vote counts.

  30. I think that the younger generations don’t vote as much because it’s new to them, just turning 18 you’re bombarded with people telling you to vote and it’s new to you, while during this we are just trying to figure out our life, with school and jobs. We don’t really have time or the motivation to vote.

    • I agree, we are deling with all new things that we have never experienced before. So all of our focus is on one thing at a time.

  31. Voters at a young age are ver distracted with dealing with the school work and finding ways to provide for themselves. Many of them are in their own world focussed on smaller things around them, many dont have to time of effort to gove towards world or national politics.

    • They are extremely distracted which leads to them not caring. They don’t want to focus on politics because it is another thing for students to put on their plate which they believe they do not have time for.

  32. I think the main reason that 18-25 year olds don’t vote as often is because they think it’ll take up too much time and they are trying to get their lives started. A possible way to fix this is to inform that specific age groups how it doesn’t take long and how important it really is.

  33. I believe that the main reason for the low turnout is because the lack of interest in politics while they try to get there life figured out during that age.

  34. I believe that young people vote less because they see it as a waste of time, and because they know that other young people don’t vote. People in the age range of 18- 25 are usually very busy, and focus on their own endeavors. Voting takes time, and other uses for their time usually take priority. Also, knowing that like-minded people in their age range don’t vote makes abstaining seem like the norm.

    • They do see it as a waste of time as well. They focus on their own doings and want to use their time to do something that will benefit them directly.

  35. I think that people from this age group don’t vote because they are preoccupied with other things at this time in their lives. Some of them are focused on college, moving out, or starting a career and may feel like they do not have time to vote or even register to vote. I think the best way to get this group to vote is to raise awareness of issues that interest them so they will be inspired to have a voice and vote.

  36. In the age group of age 18-25, people have other focuses on their mind like high school or college. I think people are to focused on everything around them besides voting, to them voting could be something as an optional thing. I think more people would vote if they understand how important its is so they wont have “clowns” in office

  37. I personally think the main reason the age group of 18-25 don’t vote is because they are just entering the “adult” world. They are in this weird stage between young adult and adult. I think people between 18-25 should vote and I think the chances and the want from young people to vote is increasing.

  38. I feel like they have multiple things going on in that moment in of their lives that they feel are more important then voting. For example, people are just graduating highschool and are starting to look at future careers. For them, voting should be the least of their worries. I can think of two ways we could get people to start realizing how important voting is.
    1. Start teaching how important and relevant voting will be to them at a young age
    2. Let them see the outcome and face the consequences of not voting

  39. People do not vote because they believe that their voice will not matter. But, during this current election the people in our age group have been complaining which should lead them to eventually register to vote. Many students are thinking about themselves rather than America as a whole. To get people to start voting there should be a day during school dedicated to getting those 18 and older to sign up. Other than that, we should hold information sessions on the people running for office which will lead to more students in our age group voting.

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