AP Government Post #4

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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    • I agree with you Mr. Waddell. Enabling citizens to be able to vote using their phones would greatly increase overall voter turn out in the polls. However, this would greatly increase the amount of voter fraud because it would be harder to regulate.

      • i agree with your statement. i recently read an article about polling going online to try to increase voter turnout. and the biggest obstacle is the ability to prevent hackers and voter fraud, or voting multiple times.

      • Yeah I agree with Kevin but I also believe that before they even allow any citizens to vote using their phones. They would develop some kind of program that will prevent voter fraud from being an easy objection.

      • I agree that using phones or other devices to vote could be very effective among prospective young voters. To avoid voter fraud, they could scan fingerprints and take facial recognition to confirm one’s identity.

    • I agree but I feel it would be very difficult to secure voting by phone as there are many problems that could arise from such a process. For instance, can someone take my phone and vote for me and if so could I undo their vote?

      • I agree wth Zack. Although the phone is a smart way to vote, it is by far the least protected way of voting and can lead to mis-votes

    • I agree with you Mr.Waddel . If young people were able to use their phones to vote there will be a better outcome because they would be able to do it to vote from the comfort of their bed. A lot of young people feel like the when it comes to voting their vote doesn’t even matter so if it was more “comfortable” to vote they won’t feel like it’s such a huge task.

  1. I believe it’s because that age group was not really influenced to vote in the past couple years. Now in 2018 there is more talk so I think in the near future, the young voting count will increase. As someone almost able to vote, I don’t think i will because I have no desire to, so many other may have that belief. What can be don’t to increase voter turnout rates is to increase the talk about voting and the importance of voting.

      • Voting is quite easy, but it’s out of the way and many share the belief that “My one little vote won’t matter”

        • Yup, just show those who have that attitude the 2000 Florida race then ask if their vote dosen’t matter. Everyone voice matters but I feel that younger voters are less concerned with voting then other activities in their life,

        • I agree but also disagree because we are seeing a larger voter turn out with younger groups. For example, ASU students were voting until midnight because they began to understand that their vote does matter. I believe the amount of young voters is one of the reasons why Arizona was able to turn a senate seat democratic.

    • I see your point that that people choosing not to vote, however as politixs continue to become more directly impactful on the lives of ypung people the voter turnout will imcrease because younger generations want more freedom and less restrictions.

    • I agree with you that many young people simply don’t know the important of voting yet, but they are beginning to realize it with the last presidential election. Increasing the talk about politics and the importance of it among the younger generation, when it could count, could even change your mind, however unlikely that might be.

  2. I imagine it’s just the mindset of the younger generation. A lot of people just don’t vote cause it takes effort and a lot of us are lazy. Even though it’s benificial for the younger gen to vote a lot of the possible voters won’t vote.

  3. it seems like young people don’t have enough experience to really care to be involved in politics. after a few years, usually after college, people start living on their own and paying bills, etc. they mature and begin to take stances on political matters and policies. to possibly fix this issue of low voter turnout in voters my age, teachers could attempt to include more current political matters in curriculum, try to make topics relatable to the topic in class. personally, i find government and politics interesting and important. by stressing the importance of shaping our own future, i think more young people would be motivated to vote. for instance, after the 2016 general election more voter turnout is expected for 2020 because of national disagreement with political matters.

      • it is very hard to impact change in a significant way. voting is one of the easiest ways to influence change because you have a vote in what you want and don’t want to see happen.

      • I think the point Taylor was making was that younger people aren’t affected enough by politics to care enough to vote. Young people certainly can make a change (see the March For Our Lives), but most are not affected by issues such as taxes and social security to care enough to vote. I agree with Taylor that young people will also be more motivated politically in the future, and the signs are already very encouraging (voter turnout among young voters in 2018 skyrocketed compared to previous years).

    • I agree, I think that people at that age often don’t even know their political stances, and therefore don’t know in which direction to vote.

    • I agree, people don’t feel inclined to vote because they don’t know which party they lean towards since they haven’t “experienced” mortgage, taxes,etc. And they don’t have a stance on it yet

    • I agree, people don’t feel inclined to vote because they don’t know which party they lean towards since they haven’t “experienced” mortgage, taxes,etc. And they don’t have a stance on it yet

  4. Young people don’t vote because they don’t see the value in it. 18-25 year olds are hardly represented in government, and this is only starting to change. If our government lacks age diversity, and has always lacked age diversity, this generation is going to feel like their voices don’t matter because the same people will make the same rules no matter how this generation votes. To encourage voter turnout we need to encourage young qualified people to run for office so this generation feels that it is possible for one of them to make a difference. Then election day needs to become a national holiday so voting is more accessible to people who cannot vote due to being busy.

    • I agree with you that this portion of voters feels as though their voice doesn’t matter. I like that you brought up the lack of age diversity in government. If this doesn’t continue tochange, it may make it these voters less likely to vote (more than they already are).

    • i agree, young people just dont see the value in 1 vote. The points you make about the 0% representation young people have in the government are smart and another reason that we might not vote as much.

    • That is true they probably see it as something “old” people do since those are the only notable politicians that are out there and most who aren’t informed are okay with letting them run everything

  5. I believe that younger people do not vote because they either don’t care, or are busy with school or other things. I believe that, most likely, people feel lazy and uninterested. To increase voter turn out I believe that voting should be treated as something more important and perhaps there should be more advertising towards the younger audience.

    • I agree with you that young voters are very disinterested in voting/government. While many seem to care about issues that show up in the media, the actual of act of voting and going through the processes to actually change issues is often overlook or avoided.

      • Exactly! Sometimes, voting isn’t deemed important to the younger generation. If we could push them along and reveal exactly how much more important it is than a social media post, it could create a greater young people turn out at polls.

    • I agree that younger voters do not see voting as a priority anymore. Politics is so over dramatized online now that younger voters feel like it’s probably not worth their time to vote becuase it will mean nothing.

  6. Younger people don’t vote, because they don’t register on time cause they procrastinate or are not aware that there’s a deadline. They don’t feel educated enough to vote, don’t want to vote, or they don’t understand the importance in voting and that their vote does matter. Voter turnout could be increased by further educating the students on the candidates on campus or government or history professors could offer extra credit if they vote

    • Chelsea, not every 18-24 is in school to get extra credit. What are you going to offer the ones not in school?

      • Voting areas should team up with businesses and give out coupons if you vote or team up with Walmart and they can give out a paper bag full of food, because if you aren’t in school then you are most likely employed you took your time to vote instead of making money for food so distribute food to people as a way to encourage those that aren’t in school that they didn’t waste a day of work

  7. Despite the number millennials now eligible to vote being roughly the same to that of baby-boomers, their turnout for voting is significantly smaller and unreliable. There is a variety of reasons for why this might be, from campaigns often overlooking this portion of voters to the fact that younger people tend to move around a lot. Whether or not young voters are interested is a huge issue as well. While they may appear to be up-and-front advocates for voting, their numbers are still low when it comes to the actual act. This may be that they are not interested enough or believe their vote doesn’t count. This isn’t true, however, as young people have the power to influence close elections, especially now that most seem to be leaning left. There can be a variety of different ways to fix this issue, such as creating more of an outreach to young voters and emphasizing that their turnout does matter. I don’t believe pressuring them to vote one way or the other is a successful or smart way of going about it. It’s better to instead provide information of candidates and issues going up for debate so that they can form strong and solid opinions, thus having personal motivation to vote. I feel that within this block of voting, there is a pressure to vote for democrats/liberals, but this shouldn’t be the case. Make educated and informed voters who can form an opinion for themselves. Allow for discussion of opinions and ideas. Make politics an easier thing to talk about and you may receive more eligible voters that are willing to do just that.

    • I agree with you that a lot of young potential voters are simply not interested in government at this age. Young people focus on other things without realizing how impactful the candidates that are chosen are in their everyday lives. I think that if they were educated on how much the policy made by these candidates effected them then they would be much more inclined to vote in the elections.

    • I agree that young people have great potentional for influencing elections. Unfortunately, a good number of them don’t believe that their vote matters, but if they all vote then that will make a huge difference.

  8. I personally feel younger people don’t vote because they just don’t feel it’s super important anymore. Unbelievably, many people in that age group don’t take voting serious and there is even the idea spreading that voting is pointless because it is already decided who will take a position in any specific office and voting is just a way to make citizens feel involved. Personally as an African American I will always vote out of respect for the people who fought for my right to do so. Also I feel that if you want change vote and let your voice be hard regardless of your age. I feel like the only thing we can do to get this age group to vote more is to push voting more than what it is, more ads, more commercail, and small benefits to voting

    • I agree with you because people do not think that their vote matters. They see voting as insignificant because they think that people running will win with or without your vote. It is very unfortunate because there are benifits to voting

    • I agree with you Xavion. It is our right as Americans to vote and make your voice be heard, but there are still those people that complain about how their voice doesn’t matter. When that happens, they don’t go out and vote, but instead they just complain about everything that is wrong. Instead of complaining about what is wrong, they should try to fix it by finding and voting for the people that have the same ideology as them.

  9. The age group of 18-25 rarely votes because they don’t feel that their vote truly matters. Young people don’t feel like they will actually make a difference and influence the election. They tend to not see the bigger picture and also they tend not to realize how big of an impact these election have on their lives. Some young people think that it doesn’t truly matter who wins these elections therefore why should they vote? However later in life they will realize that the policy decisions of those candidates will effect their everyday life. Young people simply tend not to think about how important elections are for the general public and how it will effect them. In order to increase voter turnout it to have national campaigns that demonstrate the impact of these elections. By drawing public awareness to the issue of young people voting it will help them realize that their vote does matter and that they can make a difference. Having media attention put on this age group and the lack of voting that is happening will remind young people to vote and there would be a much larger turnout of young people.

    • I agree, most young people are very cynical about voting, and the government in general. If we could fight that cynicism, more young people would vote.

    • I definitely agree on how young people need to be made aware that their vote is important and that it does matter. This lack of faith in the system only breaks the system even more. I think media attention is a great way to get the youth to vote as it is what they pay attention to.

  10. One of the few constants of American politics is that young people have much lower turnout rates compared to the other age demographics. While there are several theories for what causes this, I think many of these theories are either too generalizing or don’t focus on what I think is at the center of this problem.
    Young people don’t vote simply because most haven’t felt the impact of politics enough yet, especially when it comes to the issues deemed critical by every other age demographic.
    Taxes? Students in college don’t have to deal with these yet like the other age groups do.
    Social security? Won’t affect them for several decades.
    Veteran’s affairs? The average age of veterans is much higher than that of young voters.
    Health Care? They’ll consider this much more as they age and get jobs where they’ll seek health care providers, but likely not before.
    Environment? Might not affect them right now, but likely will in several years if the state of the environment and climate change become even more problematic.
    The common denominator in all of these issues is that will likely not affect young voters until after they leave this age demographic, where the issues will become much more important to them. Thus, I think that the main reason for low voter turnout in young people is that they have not felt the impact of political issues yet, and most will begin voting more consistently later on when these issues do impact them.
    As to what can be done to improve voter turnout, one of the simplest things that can be done is to have colleges take an increased role in registering students. It would be much simpler to get young people to vote if they did not necessarily have to take the steps themselves (as beneficial as that might be in understanding the process) to register, as opposed to if colleges and universities sent emails including a link to their state’s voter registration page, where they would then be more encouraged to register, and subsequently vote. The colleges could also sponsor other programs designed to have individual students meet with other students who have already registered to vote to further encourage them to be involved in voting (certain colleges have already attempted this, and the certain studies on their effects have had very positive results).
    At the end of the day, while young voter turnout rates are very low compared to the other age groups, it is worth pointing out that there are glimmers of hope for the future. In this election cycle alone, early voting among young voters skyrocketed in numerous states. While the numbers are not yet fully available, the amount of young people who voted in this midterm election cycle was a significant jump from the last midterm election.
    And young people are creating organizations in response to many key issues. The March for Our Lives organization dedicated to ending gun violence in schools was organized by people who are in the youngest demographic group, and their efforts have already motivated many young people to increase their involvement with politics and voting. While there is still more to be done to boost voter turnout among young people, the numbers are improving as time goes by.

  11. I think that the youngest voter block does not vote as much because they don’t believe their vote matters. They often are not as interested in politics as older citizens, and so they don’t see much of an impact on the world around them through voting. I think they also have become accustomed to not voting, as they grew up unable to vote, so for the first few years they are allowed to vote they feel less urgency to do so as they never had in the past. One way to increase voter turnout could be to give young people more opportunities in politics. Increasing the amount of payed internship positions for example could open new political doors for those young people in lower socioeconomic classes. This could increase the involvement of young people in politics, and encourage them to vote more.

    • I think your idea to create more political involvement for those not of the voting age is awesome. Outside of this class, I’ve had no idea how our government works or what to consider when voting because I’ve have no other interactions with it. Having more opportunities for everyone, especially those who are getting ready to go to the polls would increase not only voter turnout, but also awareness to vote for the right candidates.

    • I also think that younger voters don’t think that their vote truly counts and that that is part of the reason why so many young people don’t vote. Young people don’t understand that their vote does count and they do make a difference when they vote.

    • I agree think that young people thinking that their vote doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, much is this mentality may annoy me. Anyone who thinks that their vote does not matter need only be referred to the 2017 elections, where the entire partisan control of Virginia’s legislature was decided by a coin toss because in one of the districts, there was a tie between the two candidates. In any case, I think that mentality is part of the reason for the political disinterest of young voters, but I also think that a major cause of this is that young voters simply aren’t affected enough by many key issues (such as taxes) yet that would cause them to be more involved with voting. With time, this will change as they age, however, and we have already seen signs that young people are getting more engaged in politics than ever before.

  12. I think that younger people rarely vote because they don’t think that it can actually make a difference. There are so many people going out for each election, it’s understandable why they might view it as a waste of time. How could one vote possibly create change out of millions? To increase voter turnout, I think it needs to be advertised more online or on social media. That is how the majority of the younger generation gets their news and they tend to pay the most attention to those sources. However, with the growing reactions to recent election outcomes, I think that more people will naturally come to elections. They won’t need a huge push to get their participation because people are becoming more inclined to make any attempt at change they possibly can after the 2016 presidential election especially.

    • This makes alot of sense. I feel that the younger generations are living in a world that thrives off of social media and in order to get the issues through to them, it must be promoted through on easily accessible outlet. I also feel that witth how the government is going now the youth are starting to be more aware at the idea that their rights are being infringed upon and in order to see change they must demand change by voting.

    • Advertising is a great way to get people listening. The parties don’t already. But to reach the young population, I believe that the advertisers should target popular social media settings to get their attention. This might get there attention, but some younger voters might still not know where they stand on political issues until they’re older.

  13. I feel the reason youth voter turnout is so low is because young adult are uneducated about what the issues are and their stance om these issues. I also feel that their priorities are elsewhere therefore they dont feel the need to vote. It isnt until they are affected by the result that they want to do something and by this time it is too late and they have to wait around for the next election to make a change

    • I didn’t even think about the lack of the understanding of common issues that the young voter bloc might have. This makes a lot of sense for their turn out to be much lower than the adults. Most teens probably don’t understand an issue and therefore cannot take a stand on it, and many young people might not study politics and have no knowledge in anything that goes on regarding it.

  14. I feel that the younger age group is just not motivated to vote and is too preoccupied to even consider voting with there “many things to do”. The younger age group is under the impression that their one vote is not enough to make significant changes to the government. When it actually can. I believe that the young voter bloc just believes that it would be a waste of time to vote (even though it is relatively easy) and that there vote out of millions is worth it.
    To reach out to the young voter bloc and get them to vote, the parties will have to get more involved into social media. This is where most young people go on their free time and where the parties can go to get their attention. They will have to advertise and appeal to their mindset, and only then may the turn out be much more positive. Even after all of that, I still feel that the lack of young voters will still be present.

    • I agree that political parties should reach out to young voters via social media in order to increase voting rates. I know that canditates who regularly use social media were more likely to get younger votes, like Beto, so more candidates should utilize social media to get support from younger voters.

  15. I think the reason the young voter bloc because they are less engaged in politics, they are more likely to be bored with the political process and admit they often do not know enough about politics to feel they should vote. Moreover we could increase the young voter bloc turnout by maybe adding same day registration at the polls, expanding early voting, online voting, or just make the election interesting.

    • I agree with u i think that young people don’t know and don’t care about politics.I think that there should be more options on how people should vote.

  16. As a person that has actively played a role in trying to get more young people to vote, the biggest struggle has been sheer laziness. For example, for the voter registration drive over 150 students were eligible to vote but we could only convince 10 that voting was important. We were turned away by dozens of people that just said that voting was lame. It’s a massive maturity issue and sadly will only be solved with maturity.

    • I agree with you. As technology advances, more and more is being done for us. Therefore, when people are required to go out and vote for themselves, they view it as too much effort and not worth it.

    • Laziness is a factor that I surprisingly overlooked. While it is not the only factor, it is still a key player in our moods. Interest in voting has died down and it feels more like a chore to some.

  17. I think that voter bloc doesn’t vote because they feel like their vote doesn’t matter and it won’t change anything. I also think that many young people don’t know much about the issues that are occuring and how they feel about them.

    • I think that young people want to vote when the candidate they don’t want won and its to late for them to make a difference. I think there should be more options for people to vote and advertise it more so people will know that their vote matters and that it’s important to vote.

  18. I think that the younger generation has the lowest voter turnout because they believe that their votes do not count. I know with the Presidential election, in specific, a lot of young voters believe their vote is pointless because the Electoral College is the one who actually elects the President. They also believe that their one vote does not count and cannot make a difference, but by showing young voters how close past races have been and that their one vote can make a difference, young voting rates may increase.

    • i agree with you and that maybe we could get more people in our age group to vote if we showed them how important it is , maybe if we could vote on our phones that would help

  19. I feel this is because our generation feels that it doesn’t have a voice. We all have seen the march for our lives movement and how many students, teachers, and families are behind this movement yet nothing is being done to change gun control. We see ads on tv for candidates most of us hate. I know that personally I didn’t like either presidential candidate or either senate candidate. Why should i feel the need to vote for someone I don’t like? Also why should I vote for a third party that will never win? Most feel it’s better to just stay out of it when in reality staying out of it is the worst thing this generation can do.

    • Something that can be done to increase voting is possibly getting younger, better candidates to run that actually understand our youth and ideals

      • I agree with you, if younger better candidates ran who understand and relate to the youth more it can cause more of the young voter bloc to be involved with politics and voting because theres more of a chance of the youth listening to someone closer to their age rather than someone old. With this advantage the young candidates can promote to the young voter bloc how important voting and being involved is.

        • You make a great point. I just don’t know how influential they will really be. Even if we have younger candidates how effective will it be?. Most likely more effective to a degree but i still don’t think it is enough.

  20. I think that the reason young voter turnout is so low is because young people aren’t as involved with the government and therefore don’t feel like their vote or opinions won’t make a difference. The government rarely appeals to or represents younger people. Also the younger generations are taking longer to become involved in things such as buying a home, having kids, getting married, etc. This means they are not directly affected by many political decisions. Young people may also feel like there just isn’t anyone worth voting for, or that they’re too uninformed to vote. Of course there are also people who just don’t care about politics.

    To increase voter turnout, I believe that either the older, unrelatable officials/representatives/candidates need to better appeal to the younger generations or there needs to be more opportunities for younger people to participate in politics. An increased representation of young people in government can definitely help the youth feel more empowered to vote.

    • You made a really good point about how Millennials and this generation are delaying milestones. That would explain why young people don’t feel the need to vote. If they aren’t being directly impacted by policy, they probably don’t really care about what it means for others.

  21. I think that the younger generation has the lowest voter turnout because a lot of them believe that their votes do not count. I also think that they don’t vote because they aren’t educated enough/don’t care enough about voting and think it’s not a big deal.

    • I agree with you that another cause is that the younger generation is not educated enough. Most of the. barely know the candidates and only know what they hear from twitter.

    • I agree too, but i don’t think its that they aren’t educated enough, more like they don’t put time into finding the information to vote responsibly, or as an informed voter.

  22. When one is young, they have more priorities then voting. Even if these priorities are misplaced, they feel that their parcipitation in the democratic process “is not worth it” and they can use that time to do something else. Younger votes have less time or choose to spend less time to become learned on issues and policies so when is comes down to it, they choose it is better to not vote then vote. Older voters meanwhile spend more time become learned on policies and understand their vote matters, while young individuals feel like they have no voice, because they choose to not have one…

  23. The younger block of voters don’t vote as much compared to the other age blocks. That could be because they don’t register for voting on time, or because they simply don’t care. For some, they could be struggling with adjusting to their own budding adulthood, how could they possibly help the country when can barely function by themselves? They can be so concerned with themselves, they could not think their vote could matter.

    Unfortunately, this generation needs an incentive to vote. That way it can directly affect them. But first, they need to be educated in politics so they can make an education vote that matters to them. Once they’re educated, they could be brought to vote with an incentive, if that truly matters to them.

  24. Honestly the reason that young people don’t vote is because they feel their effect of 1 vote won’t change the government. In its state right now, the government doesn’t seem to be in its best state. One vote from a voter can’t bring much an impact. With that mindset, millions of voters don’t vote and no change happens.

    • I agree with you i also think that young people don’t vote because they think that their vote won’t matter and that if they do vote it wont make a difference.

    • That is very true. Its the impact of one thought being shared to a greater population who do not vote and affecting the system of how we vote, by not helping change what most of the people of the united states want to change and do not agree with at the moment.

  25. I believe that most young voters don’t vote because they either don’t care or they just don’t understand the significance of it. Most young voters don’t really think that their vote matters, they also aren’t very informed voters. Older voters, I think take the time and do the research to understand who they are voting for and why. Younger voters probably just don’t care enough or think that it won’t matter if they vote or not. I think maybe reminding young voters of the importance of voting could stream them on the right course. Giving young voters more information on the voting process would be a good way to increase voter participation. Also,if candidates started targeting the young voter population more, it could make them want to vote.

    • I agree with the fact that young voters don’t believe their vote will matter or accomplish any kind of change. However, I don’t necessarily think it’s because they don’t care but that they have no clue of who to vote for. Yes, there are people out there that have no care for voting at all. but I think the reason is mostly they haven’t taken a stand on what their political views are.

  26. I believe the reason that young people choose not to vote is that their not exactly sure where they stand. People in the age range 18-25 don’t exactly know what their own political stance is yet. Their whole lives they have been influenced by their parent’s beliefs. As they get older they start to develop different views, and it takes them time to really grasp the hang of voting for the candidate they feel most comfortable with. Unfortunately, there are people that believe that their vote has no significance at all, which is another reason why young people choose not to vote. I think the best way to go about fixing this issue is to educate young people on why they should vote and how it will influence and change their future.

    • I agree, most young voters probably don’t know where they stand when it comes to voting. As you said before they have been influenced by their parents and when they get older they start to form their own views. So this could be the reason why most people from 18 to 25 don’t vote.They probably just don’t understand.

  27. I believe there are a few different reasons why the age group 18-24 has low voter turnout. For one thing, people in that age group are just figuring out how the world works and don’t always have their life together. Thus, they might miss some registration deadlines and not be able to vote. Another reason for low voter turnout could be that they believe their vote does not matter. They think they are just one person and what difference is one vote gonna make. One way to increase voter turnout would be to allow people to register to vote online. 18-24 year olds are very connected to the internet so letting them register online would be very convenient.

    • I think young people having a lack of developed ideologies or opinions could greatly contribute to their low voter turnout rates. Older voters have very developed opinions and often coincide with a party, which is why they have the largest voter turnout.

  28. I believe that the reason young voters don’t vote is because they are to busy playing, texting, or posting on their phones. I think that in order to increase the turnout for voting. They should do more advertising that applies more towards social media and onto peoples phones. If the people, who run how voters vote, allowed them to use their phones to vote, then they would have I greater increase in voters between the age of 18 and 25.

    • I think allowing people to vote on their phones is an interesting idea–however, it probably wouldn’t work as of right now. It’s just not secure enough. If they could make it work in the future though, that would certainly increase voter turnout.

    • I had never thought about using social media as a platform for politics. This is an incredible idea. The younger generation is using social media in great amounts and it could be beneficial to reach them where they are engulfed–social media.

  29. One reason that the younger generation could decide not to vote could be that they feel their votes do not matter. They could think that everyone else will vote for the candidate they want, so they’ll win, or they could feel the opposite, and that their candidate won’t win, so they shouldn’t bother voting at all.

  30. I agree and believe the study because many young voters maybe do not grow up with knowing and understanding the importance of voting. It could be that many young people do not believe their vote counts or for that fact that they have a voice in our government issues. I also feel like many young people just fallow the crowd in a way and if voting is not viewed as important or there is no one advertising or posting about it the young crowd won’t pick up on it and they just won’t care. Some young people may also believe conspiracies because those are always a hot topic in the younger generation and they may believe that the government is corrupt falling back to believing they wont make a change and nor will their vote and maybe as a result of that, may explain why we have not so good young voter turnout. I agree with Waddell that if there was a way that young people could vote through there phones then there would be a higher voter turnout. I also believe that if celebrity’s and social media people advertise and explain the important or just encourage voting that the young voter turnout would improve greatly.

    • i agree with you on the conspiracy theories because i know a lot of them and it can be convincing. i feel like a lot of people in our generation believe them.

  31. Although voting is pretty easy I believe that the reason that young people have little voter turnout is because a lot of the younger people believe that their vote doesn’t matter as they just have one. But this belief observed by many leads to a large overall change. I think that if more people were to debunk this myth more young people would vote

    • I believe this to be true as well. When individuals believe that their single won’t have an impact on the results, it dissuades them from voting entirely.

    • I agree that young people are turned off by the idea of voting because they think that there is no impression made their vote, which is a very silly idea.

  32. I believe that many younger individuals do not vote because they are either uneducated about candidates (due to their own disregard) or they are unmotivated to go through the steps of getting registered.

    Many individuals tend to separate themselves from politics, as they believe it causes dissension and conflict. When he/she decides to separate themselves there is no longer a motivation to vote because they are uneducated about the individual candidates.

    Others believe the process of getting registered and the process of actually voting is timely and they don’t want to go through the process. Whether they are busy with school or work or are simply telling themselves their too busy, it creates a disinterest and low voter turn out.

    Another group might believe that their single vote will not determine who wins, and they avoid voting at all because they believe their impact to be minuscule.

    To increase voting turn out I would raise awareness about the easy process of registration, and create informed voters by educating the youth about the importance of voting and the potential candidates.

  33. The younger block of voters don’t vote as much compared to the other age blocks. That could be because they don’t register for voting on time, or because they simply don’t care. For some, they could be struggling with adjusting to their own budding adulthood, how could they possibly help the country when can barely function by themselves? They can be so concerned with themselves, they could not think their vote could matter.

    Unfortunately, this generation needs an incentive to vote. That way it can directly affect them. But first, they need to be educated in politics so they can make an education vote that matters to them. Once they’re educated, they could be brought to vote with an incentive, if that truly matters to them.

    (Sorry if this was a repeat. Apparently it was deleted when I last posted it.)

  34. I think that young people are less motivated to vote in today’s society. I feel as though there is a large population of young people that are not involved enough or interested in taking part in our government. I think young individuals are often less educated on the weight of impact their vote has on each election. This could be because they do not know how the election process functions. There could also be a small voter turnout from young adults because they have yet to develop their own opinions on certain issues, hindering their ability to choose a suitable candidate or party.

    • I completely agree that the younger generations have less motivation. I 100% believe that it is becuase they are ignorant to the entire system of politics.

  35. The reason for the decrease in voter turn out for younger aged people is the simple fact that they just don’t care. The reason why they don’t care is they don’t feel that them specifically will really be affected by who wins these elections. I personally think the only way to increase the voting turnout for this age range is to educate them on how these events actually can effect them as a person.

  36. The reason that the younger voter bloc does not vote is not because they are not “well informed” about the candidates. In this day and age, there are videos, websites, social media accounts, anything, you name it, that inform the public all about the topics and candidates. You can even get the address, email and phone numbers of your senators and congressmen/women. The younger voting block does not vote because they are lazy. They demand change, but do not have the motivation to physically do what it takes to enact that change. They abstain from voting, but then turn around and complain when an individual that they don’t support is elected. However, I do have hope, and believe that things are getting better. I believe that the past recent elections have “woken” the younger voting bloc up. With satirical commercials displaying all over social media sites, the survivors of the Parkland shooting launching a nationwide voter-registration drive, and dozens of celebrities advertising the importance of voting, changes are being made. Just this past midterm in Texas, young voters rallied behind the Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, and early voting increased fivefold for voters ages 18 to 29. It’s the same story in Nevada, where five times as many young voters turned out early in 2018 as they did in 2014.

  37. For the younger generations, especially with those who have easy access to internet are looking for easy accessibility in everything. This includes politics; if politics are not on their social media they don’t care. So, to fix the low voter turnout of the younger generations was to make them even more accessible in a way that the younger generations would want to participate

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