I registered to vote in college. It was quite simple, MTV was on site and was giving away T-Shirts for Rock the Vote! How could I miss out on a FREE T-Shirt from MTV! As I have grown older and wiser, I have taken a sense of pride in educating myself about the candidates, the propositions and voting.
These days when I go to the polls I notice that there are a lot fewer people who are voting and even less youth. An Infographic on Youth Voting determined that college youths are more likely to vote than young adult voters. The issues they are most passionate about are the economy, healthcare, social issues and energy.
My hope for the 2012 election is that more youth will be involved in voting and being active on the causes that are important in 2012. With 46 million young adults eligible to vote in the 2012 election I’m sure their votes will have an impact on the election. I’m not sure that giving youth T-Shirts will work anymore. However, as moms we can encourage youth to vote by educating them and making voting a topic of discussion more than once a year. Our kids won’t vote unless we equip them with the knowledge to make them realize the impact their vote has on our society and its future. We can’t make a difference if we don’t vote.
Do you agree with the infographic on Youths and Voting? Will you be voting in 2012? How will you encourage youth to vote in your community? Can parents influence their child’s likelihood to vote?