On Encouraging that Pesky Youth Vote
‘Tis the season of elections, and of handwringing over those damn kids these days who are too apathetic or whatever to get out and vote. Rather than rail about the horrors of Kids These Days (TM) I have a few suggestions about things that would make me more excited to vote.
- Stop telling me my vote count and work to make it actually count. You can tell me it counts as much as you want, but between gerrymandering, a winner-take-all electoral system, and only two viable parties, the reality is that it quite often doesn’t. Maybe address these things rather than lecture me about how voting is the most important thing I can do?
- In the meantime, what can I do instead that is politically meaningful? I am seriously asking.
- Abolish age of candidacy requirements. There is no particular reason that I can only vote and not be voted for. I am at least as qualified as Trump to be president, maturity wise, but I am prohibited from running for president because of supposed immaturity. As this article discusses, candidacy age requirements do turn the much coveted youth voters into second class citizens.
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