Why Vote? US Edition.

18-24 Year Olds

This shows the number of 18-24 year US Citizens registered to vote in the US Presidential Election in 2012. Thats 53.6%.

The next bar shows the percentage of 18-24 year olds who actually voted. 41.%.

Over 75s

But let us compare the stats of 18-24 year olds to those of US Citizens aged over 75. 79.1% of them are registered.

70% of over 75s turnout on election day to vote.

(Source: Reported Voting and Registration, by Sex and Single Years of Age: November 2012) 

Who do you think politicians listen to?

Although these figures relate to Presidential Elections in particular, the pattern that they present can be seen across elections at many levels of government, at both state and federal level.

Politicians are likely to try to appeal to those whose votes they are able to ‘win’, thus the platforms that they stand on are less likely to promote the interests of young adults, since they know they are unable to rely upon this group to go out and vote.

It is your chance to influence the future of your country.

If you have a complaint about the way the country is being run, voting is a way can make a change, you can choose a candidate to suit to your views. It’s not the only way to participate but it’s the quickest and easiest way!

Millennials are a large and diverse voting block.

Millennials can make a huge difference in an election if turnout is high due to the huge size of the voting group. The diverse nature of the group also makes it a valuable addition to the democratic process, with people bringing their own experiences into the debate and personal decision making processes.

Many movements have campaigned to give the vote to more people.

The US has seen a number of campaigns to spread voting rights over its history, oppressed groups have gained the right to vote thanks to these campaigns. Some may say it is disrespectful to these campaigners to not vote. (Read More)

 


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Rachael Farrington

Hello! I founded Voting Counts back in 2014, when I was a sixth form student. I'm now studying Politics and History at University and run Voting Counts in my spare time.

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