Why Young People Do Not Vote?

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Although there are 44 million eligible young voters ages 18-29, in 2012 only 45% of them voted. These young people make up one fifth, or 21%, of the eligible voting population, yet they often do not vote. Voting is a tremendous gift. Young people in many other countries around the world have to fight to gain this right. In America, voting is often taken for granted by all age groups, but the youth take it for granted the most. In this paper, the reason why young people do not vote will be explored and solutions as to how to get them to vote will be proposed. According to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) there are five main reasons why young people don’t vote. The graph they presented uses…show more content…
Another issue is making sure that young people vote for all elections not just national elections or ones that they think are important because all elections happen for a reason. One can also question if a young person takes the time to become knowledgeable on the situation that they are voting on. One group that can potentially oppose young people voting is the Republican Party and Republican Politicians. According to Young Democrats of America there is a trend of young people voting Democratic. Young people tend to agree with the Democrats ideas and some even feel that the Republicans are out of touch on certain issues. Young people have also been supporters on topics such as immigration laws, and gay marriage etc. The site says in 2010 57% of young voters supported the Democratic Party and its issues which was 9% higher than the voting demographic as a whole. The reason why I feel the Republicans will oppose young people voting is because it will mean less support for their party and ideas; as the baby boomer generation dies out. One way Republicans can oppose this solution of getting young people involved in voting is by not approving of them voting. Another way this can be done is by not doing the things recommended within the solution. While Republicans oppose young people voting the Democratic Party will support it. Democrats support young people
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