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.
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.