College students voting less

 

According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), in 2008 55.2 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds in Ohio voted in the presidential election.

Based upon trends from previous election years, only about half of this young adult age group will actually vote in the upcoming Presidential election (CIRCLE).

Compared to other countries such as Australia, Greece, and Germany, the United States statistics are low according to accuratedemocracy.com.

Senior psychology major Sam Taylor, an active member of Malone University College Democrats, said college students are absolutely apathetic when it comes to voting.

College students are generally apathetic about voting. This habit of apathy could become a trend of adult life with regards to voting.  (Photo by Kaitie Fox)

Taylor said, “The life of the university is to be active. We are supposed to be active and not apathetic.”

It is important to think about how certain issues ultimately affect the world, said Taylor.

It is usually talk about higher education and social issues that perks up college students’ ears, said Taylor. These are the driving factors that students are paying the most attention to.

Dr. David Beer, assistant professor of political science, said students may not vote on issues because they do not know how to think about the issues.

“Most of those in the 18-24 year old category don’t yet own a home, have children, or other ways in which to be tied closely to the communities in which they reside, and lower voting rates is an expression of this,” said Beer.

Beer said voting is an acquired habit and if started sooner in life it will most likely carry throughout the rest of the adult life.

The Campus Vote Project website said in 2010 less than 13 percent of college students in the United States did not vote because they simply were not interested.

The reason for lack of voting was because students either missed the registration deadline or did not know where or how to register to vote, according to Campus Vote Project.

In Ohio the last day for new voter registration is October 9th. For more information about how to vote, go to http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting.shtml.

Jaynie Cooper is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sterling Haynes says:

    I didn’t vote because I don’t like obama or mitt ronmey. I don’t like the two policticial partys. It only tears people apart rather than bring them together. I vote for god as president!

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  2. Michaela Mills says:

    While the statistic quoted may indeed represent the part of college students who didn’t vote due to missing deadlines or information, I think it is unfair to generalize and assume that college students simply don’t vote out of apathy. There are a great deal of young people who deliberately choose not to vote out of their political beliefs, and this is anything but apathy. There are also a large number who are disillusioned with the system, or who disagree with both candidates on a large number of issues and feel they cannot morally support either one. I think college students deserve a little more credit than being labeled as apathy as far as voting goes.

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