Why Most "Young People" Don't Care to Vote...

Most young people don’t plan on voting and most don’t care to. I don’t mean to speak for everyone person under the age of 30, but when Scarlett Johanson gave a speech at the Democratic Convention, she mentioned that less than half of those eligible to vote four years ago, ages 18-24, actually voted. That said, it’s fair to assume that in the past 4 years we’re much more familiar with the new guy who plays Obama on SNL, than what he or Mitt Romney actually discusses.  Most voters, at least those old enough to vote, likely don’t care to watch the conventions (which, yes, already took place) and speeches much less all the other Election highlights leading up to the Presidential Debates (probably the most entertaining part of the entire season). Most of us “younger people” don’t take time to stay in tune with much of the Election season for several reasons, and therefore likely won’t vote. Why not? Here are a few possible reasons why most of us “younger people” don’t really care about the Elections, must less care to vote.

1.There’s always a lot of talking going on…

Let’s admit it: most of the speeches, debates and conventions seem like an endless sentence, which we can’t seem to figure out what they started talking about or when it will end. Sometimes hearing a president, or candidate going on about various topics puts us right back at another lecture, which we’d just rather tune out.

2. We don’t know what they’re rambling about.

Again, if we were honest (or at the risk of sounding impotent, I’ll be brutally honest myself) we don’t know what the heck their talking about. This current election has caused me to ask more questions than ever before about our Country and our government. Yes, I studied all these things in grade school or middle school - obviously I can’t remember - so I’m needing to brush up on my American Government knowledge. If we don’t know what they’re talking and arguing about, obviously we not only don’t want to care (because that then requires research), we don’t want to vote (because that would require research and responsibility.) Let’s not get in over our heads here, most of us aren’t even paying a mortgage yet (and yes, I even had to look up the spelling of “mortgage”).

3. We can’t waste our precious time.

All the research and new updates, deciphering what one candidate stands for to another could consumes some of our precious time. It’s a sports season without any game time. When Elections season kicks off, it doesn’t let up until the fat lady…, well, until November 6. You have to follow all of it to stay up with it’s current “play”, if you will. When deciding who to vote for seems to be such an investment of our time, we don’t want to be flippant about our decision. So why follow it? 

4. It doesn’t apply to us this very second.

We like things that are happening now, or tomorrow at the latest. When candidates are discussing issues such as social security, issues that may not affect us until much later in life (but affect us none the less), some of us just don’t care. If an election and an inauguration, (and tax-cuts lowered and an increase in employment) all happened in a New York minute, because of who we voted for, maybe we’d be quicker to vote.

5. It’s not as entertaining as New York Fashion Week.

I’ll admit this if not one else cares to, the most class and fashion we see in the Election season is Michele Obama’s new fall wardrobe from J. Crew. We like a clean and current image that can grab our attention, something that screams “I have a stylist.” And from what I’ve seen it wouldn’t hurt Ann to have a stylist herself. But - if it looks like another episode of West Wing, most of us tune out (unless you’re like my Dad and I - suckers for anything with Aaron Sorkin’s name attached.) We are aesthetically affected generation. If it doesn’t look or feel pretty, it’s not pleasant enough to keep our attention.

Though Scarlett Johannson’s speech likely stirred a variety of opinion’s, much like Clint Eastwood’s monologue (ok maybe not quite that much), she left us with an honest account of our generation’s current involvement in our Country: “Young America why are we only speaking with half our voice when so many issues here directly affect us… ‘We are the generation who feels like our voices haven’t been heard.’ So vote, that your voice is heard.” Yes, voting is responsibility, which requires an opinion, which requires some of your time. Election time is a good time to grow up. Vote.