Why Student Voting Matters
Young adults (ages 18-29) made up about 21% of the voting eligible population in 2014, but voter turnout for this demographic has reached record lows in recent years. In midterm elections like last year and in off-year elections like 2015, local offices are on the ballot and can be decided by a matter of a few votes. Local offices and issues have a direct impact on a student’s home and college community. Officials make decisions on topics like student debt, funding for higher education, and the economy.
Young people have the power to make a difference. An important way to achieve this is to make their voices heard at the polls on Election Day.
Percentage 18- to 24-year-olds who cast a ballot in the 2014 elections.
In 2008, nearly 1.7 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 were not registered to vote. This is often because they didn’t know how or where to register, or missed the deadlines. Students, new to voting and to their college community, often face practical hurdles like awareness of the registration process.