Young Voters and Why a Higher Percentage of Apathy

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The lacked of youth voters has been a major concern for the democratic system in the United States and other countries. Studies has been and still trying to understand why youth tends to slack off when it comes to this crucial part of democratic practices. In light of this continuing problem, solutions have been offered to involve youths, primarily in their early 20s, to participate in this democratic practice. Because this is a high concern of many countries, many authors have written about why it is a tendency among youth and some have offered solutions to end this apathy-madness.
Voting right was not freely granted in the beginning of time; many fought hard and died for this core belief. Youth voting right was established in 1972
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In this sense, it is almost impossible that 25 years old is on the bench because no 25-year old would have a single credential to be on elected on that bench. This shows how the young people are a generation apart from political and its decision making process, and even further from the nominees in elections. In addition, an opposite argument according to Wells and Dudash, “young citizens, for the most part, claim they are sufficiently knowledgeable about politics,” however, it is because they are not being involved in the process. This idea of disconnected from actual policy making, which seems to be popular among youth, discourages youth from ever participate in elections. Another crucial argument in suggesting that apathy exists higher in youth voters tends to be that “young people have lower levels of political knowledge than do older age groups” and thus resulting in “comparatively weak commitments to political parties.” (Henn et al. p. 557.) In addition to the argument made above that young people are less likely to be part of any organization is primarily due to the idea that the level of understanding politic is relatively low at young age. No one in their right mind would ever place an incompetent person to make important decisions, and age furthermore adds to that prejudice. This is true, however, as youth do not and can not spend the time to study and experience politic due to them already being involved in an education life. Kaid,

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