By Anina Guerrero de Escalante
Attention AHS class of 2017 – and anyone else 18 years of age before November 8, 2016. You can still register to vote in this year’s general election!
Many young people believe that their vote doesn’t count, or that politics are not relevant to their lives or they are too busy with college applications. But, 18-year olds still have taxes taken out of their income, laws they must follow and liberties they take for granted.
Take control of your future! Register to vote by October 24th and cast your ballot this fall. You can get voter registration forms from history teacher Kevin James in room 207 or register online via website of the California Secretary of State: http://registertovote.ca.gov/
According to a report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, in 2014, youth voter turnout fell to the lowest levels on record. In other midterm elections for the past 40 years, an average of 26 percent of 18-29 year-old U.S. citizens cast ballots, compared to just 19.9 percent for the same age range in 2014.
A new report from the Pew Research Center found that 66 percent of young voters agree that when the government runs something, it is inefficient and wasteful.
Eighteen to 29-year olds make up 16.7 percent of the U.S. population at 45,027,505 people. However, only 8,960,474 of those people actually cast votes -- about 20 percent -- in the most recent presidential election, even though they make up 36 percent of all eligible voters, according to the Center for American Progress.