In America, one of the best ways we can voice our opinions and contribute to society is by casting a vote. Local, state and national elections allow citizens to participate in the shaping of our future. The youth of America play a big role in this country, as we are the future. However, the participation of young people in the voting process is absent in recent years. Martin P. Wattenberg discusses this topic in Is Voting For Young People, a compelling text which dives into the possible reasons young people feel less and less inclined to vote over the years.
Letting a new age group vote will help show the diversity that is among them. In the article Shin writes about how “some opponents said that young people barely old enough to drive a car don’t have enough perspective to vote.” This argument is valid because it is true that many young voters don’t have the experience to vote. It can still be undone by the fact that only informed individuals are willing to vote at such a young age. This is done through the fact that many young voters were prompted by this new right, to go out and seek the information needed to be well informed
There are a number of differences in the demographics between the ones that are and are not politically involved. Older people tend to vote more than the younger people by their concern toward the government, as well as the number of white Americans voting more than the other minority races would. The educated will vote more than the uneducated by having more knowledge of the election, along with families with higher income of over $65,000 having time to vote than the low income ones of $35,000 or under. The ones who shows party identification would want to get involved in politics, whereas independent individual would not care as much. People who grew up with specific ideology would want to have a say in politics, in contrast to those who did not.
Today, registering to vote remains the basic right of passage for most high school seniors. Reviewing this chart one can see that youth turnout has steadily declined since 1972, when 50 percent of 18 to 24 year olds voted. By 1988, youth voter turnout plummeted to 36 percent. 46 million young people ages 18-29 years old are eligible to vote. Involving young people in election-related learning, activities and discussion can have an impact on the young person’s household, increasing the likelihood that others in the household will vote.
For example, if the electorate consists mainly of older voters, politicians will focus on the issues important to them at the expense of issues important exclusively to younger people. In conclusion, voting is an important part of being an active American citizen. It’s the one chance for each person to register their opinion about politics and how they believe the country should proceed. Statistics demonstrate a slight change in the number of voters can have a major impact on the outcomes of an election. When people consider the influence
In Austria, where the voting age has been lowered to 16, two thirds of the 16-18 year old age group voted. This proves that if we were to reduce the voting age, it could encourage younger citizens to become even more politically aware and even inspire some to pursue a career in politics. Personally, I think it is an unfair assumption that all millennials are considered to be narcissistic when certain studies have shown that they are intensely passionate about global warming, the corrupt government of North Korea and other pressing issues affecting the whole world. Granted, you do not often see two teenagers arguing over whether this year’s budget aided global warming research or not, but these young Australian citizens have their own way of expressing their political views. They start petitions online, call out politicians on social media and even go out to protests, standing up for what they believe in.
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience about the lack of participation of college students in elections. Introduction: Attention: According to a MSNBC article entitled The State of Youth Vote in America written by Ashley Spillane written on January 15th 2015, states that 12000 Americans turn 18 everyday, but only 23% of the eligible voters ages 18 to 29 actually participate in elections (Spillane).
Like Richard Nixon, I also feel like America’s new voters will always the key to our country’s brighter future. The younger generation of voters are not only more enthusiastic, but also have more of an understanding of what our continuously-evolving world needs. Based on their experiences, they know what type of government policies work and didn’t, and would also know the best types to solutions to fix this problem. I think that voting is extremely important factor to maintain a functional democracy and is a great way to figure out what our people need. I feel like our government should increase the voting turnout by not only making the voting registration process easier, but also by publicizing and educating the American people about local
The current mindset is that voting is a right but since someone else is in charge "aka" the electoral college,this vote is basically worthless. Culture is a definitive factor of voter turnout due to the fact that in many communities, they are discouraged to vote especially in the minority community. The way the society perceives voting affects voting not just at the moment but in future generations too as for the ideas are passed on from child to child. I is also an institutional issue because the nation as a whole isn't promoting the right to vote and why its necessary to the communities with the lowest voting rates. A proposed idea to increase the voter turn out is to make people acknowledge,voting is a civic right.
All things considered if the council wanted to boost turnout, they could’ve put the issue on the ballot, there were other solutions. It 's understandable, as a 17 year old myself I see the way some 16 and 17-year-olds are and I’d be cautious to grant them voting rights too but as stated before, I believe that although we lack experience, the City Council should still allow 16 and 17-year olds to vote. Obviously, it will be up to the City Council members to implement certain justifications to ensure that the teenagers registering to vote are both knowledgeable and interested in voting. If the problem is voter turnout every extra vote counts and with a little background knowledge even the smallest amount can make a difference. Voting is afterall a privilege and thus should not have any discriminations no matter what sex, color, race or
Basically what I learned for this experience was that even though I tried to show people that voting was important and it was a very simple process that they could complete in minuets those that didn’t want to listen were either just too lazy to get up and register or they just didn’t really care about which candidates were picked and how that could affect them in positive or negative
Yet, to avoid this, we can teach them how not to be swayed at school. According to the Electoral Reform Society, they support young citizens at the age of 16 in how to vote and what decision making they should do. If teenagers get the support from authorized adults who can lead young adults to the right path through society, I believe we can trust their opinions. The Fulcrum exclaims that the Ontario Government already recognizes that 16 year olds can understand the issues and independent judges on them. From this, we can say that adults keep full eye on young adults and what kind of thinking they have towards politics so it is safe for teenagers to start voting.