The Impact Of Habits On Youth Voting

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Introduction Voting is an act that is necessary to elect leaders in a democratic society. It is often said that it is a civic duty to vote, yet there are many people who do not participate in voting. Currently, we are seeing a trend that youth are not voting nearly as much as the older population. This phenomenon is usually attributed to one thing, voter apathy, but this is just one of the factors that can have a major effect on youth voting habits. Youth voting habits are greatly affected by access to voting, socioeconomic factors and status, and voter apathy and cynicism. Access Firstly, let us take a look at access to voting and barriers that can affect youth and make it less accessible. Youth’s access to voting can be affected by various factors that may not apply for older generations. These things can be as simple as not receiving a voter’s card if it is there first time voting or even producing a piece of ID for proof of identity, as some youth may not have a piece of photo identification. For instance, “The Labour Force Survey (...) following the 2015 election revealed that, compared to the general population, a higher proportion of youth aged 18 -24 viewed the requirement to produce a proof of identity as an obstacle to voting.” Young voters also may lack the knowledge about elections and the electoral process that older people have acquired through years of participating in elections. In the context of Canada’s 2011 federal election lack of knowledge of the
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