Why don’t more young people vote, and what keeps them from voting?
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There are many reasons young people don’t vote, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t politically active in other ways. Young people are engaging with the political process by protesting, boycotting, and posting to social media. While these actions are all great, the question still stands as to why young people are willing to take certain actions but not necessarily head to the polls.
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* Are millennials the first young generation have low voter turnout?
No, far from it! Younger generations have always had low voter turnout rates. When the baby boomers were in their 20s, they also didn’t vote at the rates they do today. Some headlines will suggest that low voter turnout among millennials and generation z is a new thing, but this is definitely not the case.
* What keeps young people from voting?
This is a complicated question with many answers that are all related to each other (watch the video to find out!), but the simple answer is that campaigns tend not to focus on issues that affect younger people because they don’t think they will vote. This, in turn, gives younger people less incentive to actually vote. It’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
* Where can someone register to vote?
It’s easy! You can go here: https://vote.gov/
Why young people don’t vote
Voting in America: A Look at the 2016 Presidential Election
The American Freshman: National Norms 2015
Institute of Politics Spring 2018 Youth Poll
Young-Adult Voting: An Analysis of Presidential Elections, 1964–2012
The State of Civics Education
Millennials approach Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation in the electorate
The Most Powerful New Voting Bloc in America Doesn’t Vote
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