Why I’m a Young Person and I’m Not Voting

Letters to the Editor: Yes, young people care. Here’s how to make them vote too.

When you meet people of all ages – young and not so young – in a campaign, they’re all on the same side. When you meet older people, like myself, and older people of varying political outlooks, you discover that there’s been much progress from those who would have been on the other side a few months ago. I was surprised, though, after the recent primary, to discover that, on the one side, people like me that, for many years, were staunchly voting Republicans and, on the other, people who, though not voting, still supported the Democratic Party.

One of the greatest things about young people is they still love America and still care about America’s future. However, there’s a problem. You meet a lot of young people who will tell you where they’re from and what country they’re from. They tell you what they believe in and what they’re for. But they don’t tell you what they do when they’re not voting. Do they vote? No. Do they donate to political causes? No. Or do they stay at home and watch TV or turn on their computer and do their homework, all of which they know the candidates are doing.

If you’re a young person and you want to vote for a candidate, do they have to tell you, during this election cycle, who they’re for and who they’re against? Do they have to ask you to vote for them on election day when they do have an opportunity to register you and go to college with you? Can’t they, after this election cycle, call you and ask you if you know how many Republicans or Democrats you’ll be voting for? Are you going to listen to them tell you how important it is to support their party, even though it’s not your party?

You’re old, and I’m almost old. But you’re on the same side. You care about a country that can’t do very much right and a country whose future is in danger. I don

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