Why aren’t young people voting?

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that in November 2018, only 47 percent of 18 to 24-year olds were registered to vote; of those same Americans, only 29.5 reported voting. [1] Youth turnout was less than half of turnout among 65 to 74 years old at 68.5 percent. [1]


So why aren’t young people voting? 26.9 percent of young people reported being too busy or having a scheduling conflict as the reason for not voting in the last election.[2] The second largest reason was a lack of interest: 15.5 percent. [2]



Note: Percent distribution of reasons for not voting, sourced from U.S. Census Bureau November 2018.


References


[1] References Bureau, US Census. “Table 1 Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2018.” The United States Census Bureau, 22 Apr. 2019, www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/voting-and-registration/p20-583.html.


[2] References Bureau, US Census. “Table 4c Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2018.” The United States Census Bureau, 22 Apr. 2019, www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/voting-and-registration/p20-583.html.

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