Why Don't Young People Vote?

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Voter turnout in California's 2014 November election was the lowest in history, but among the state's youth, participation was particularly abysmal. Only eight percent of eligible 18 to 24 year-olds cast a vote. We explore why youth are reporting high levels of dissatisfaction and distrust in our political system and what can be done to engage them.


Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project, a non-partisan initiative at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change

David Weinsoff, member of the Town Council of Fairfax

Peter Levine, associate dean for research, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University

Roxanna Reaves, student at Stanford University

Sarah Lovenheim, spokesperson for Young Invincibles, a millennial research and advocacy group