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Encouraging the youth vote: Go out and make a difference

Carolina Hidalgo // MCT Campus

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Though most college students are older than the legal voting age, it seems that they do not vote en masse; many young voters don’t vote simply because they are not interested in politics.

In 2008, 51% of 18-29 year-old citizens said they voted. Then in 2012 , the percentage decreased to 45%, unfortunately leading to the 2014 election only reaching 19.9% of voters ages 18-29.

“Some young people may not vote because they don’t understand when, how, or where to register,” Ames school psychologist Vincent Pennisi said.  The confusion of a young voter regarding how to vote or where to even get started in learning about voting can be off-putting and result in general avoidance.

According to a study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, one-third of high school seniors don’t understand precisely how the government functions.  This is easily a determining factor in whether or not a young adult of legal age will vote.

“[Students] are the future of our country and this makes their vote the most important, ” government teacher James Ryan said.  He personally encourages students to get involved in the elections and vote.  

There are several campaigns set up to encourage the youth to vote, including the Rock The Vote Campaign. This campaign reaches out to younger generations through the face of the campaign, Kendall Jenner because she is a popular icon in social media today.

Though not able to vote in the election, some MHS students have begun their journey to political awareness.  

“I agree with Clinton more because her views are more geared towards this generation,” said senior, Lindsay Becker in support of the democratic candidate.  

On the other hand, some students voice support for Mr. Trump.  “I think Trump reaches out to the younger generation, “said senior, Anthony Angelone, “because his policies can have a positive effect on the future of children, like helping secure jobs for the newer generations.”

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