Young Voters Don't Feel Apathetic About U.S. Politics—They Feel Hopeless
"Low turnout among young voters is hardly a new phenomenon in the United States. In 1971, the 26th Amendment was ratified, lowering the minimum voting age from 21 to 18 in time for the elections the following year. But since then, from 1972 to 2012, those between the ages of 18 and 29 voted at rates 15 to 20 percent lower than those older than 30. And in 2014, only 19.9 percentof 18- to 29-year-olds voted in the congressional elections, an all-time low for the youth demographic.
While some might blame indifference or ignorance, I think it’s fair to say that apathy isn’t the watchword anymore. It’s despair. There is a depressing wave of hopelessness sweeping the country’s younger generation, and nowhere is it manifesting itself more than in the political arena." -- Elena Zhang, Paste Magazine
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