Student voting: Did you know that only 26 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted in the 2014 midterm elections? That’s a shame because young people have the most to gain from voting. In this blog post, we will discuss three ways to increase student voter turnout.
First, we need to make sure that students know the importance of voting.
Second, we need to make it easy for them to vote.
Third, we need to encourage them to vote!
There is no denying that student voter turnout has declined in recent years. In fact, according to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), student voter turnout was at an all-time low in the 2014 midterm elections.
This should be taught in our schools and emphasized throughout student life on campus. High school teachers could teach their students how important it is for all citizens to vote – not just those who agree with them politically or share similar backgrounds. College campuses could hold student-led voter registration drives, student rallies, and other events to educate their peers about the importance of participating in local and national elections.
Another thing that can help increase student turnout is making sure there are enough early voting days available on campus so students have time to vote before classes start again after winter break or summer vacation.