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Young People Don’t Vote in Midterm Elections

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Following the recent November 2nd midterm election, the Capitol News Service released numbers on voter turnout in Florida. According to the News Service findings less than half of able Florida voters came out to cast their ballot in this election. Forty-eight percent of people voted in this midterm election which is comparable to voter turnout numbers in midterm elections across the country. The numbers in voter turnout remain low across the board demographically. As a result some candidates in Florida won election with as little as one in four voters casting a ballot in their favor.

Turnout numbers for young people in the 18 to 29 demographic were especially low, however its nothing America hasn’t seen before. The 2010 midterm election saw about one in every five young people heading to the polls. In the 2008 presidential election roughly 51 percent of this same group cast a ballot. However, the numbers in 2010 aren’t significantly lower than those in 2006. That year saw only 23 percent of young people vote in the previous midterm election.   

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The numbers speak for themselves. Between 1974 and 2006 the 18 to 29 demographic never had more than 30 percent of its group vote in a midterm election. The University of Central Florida and student groups on campus made efforts to increase student voting in the 2010 election. The college democrats hosted a “get out the vote” open forum. Central Florida Student Government funded several shuttles that provided students transportation to early voting locations. The question remains. What needs to be done in order to get young people involved in the political process? Can anything else be done and is UCF doing enough?


Written by ArthurVolpe

November 10, 2010 at 11:45 pm

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