Real reasons young voters are apathetic
I am writing this letter in response to Ms. Davis’s Friday article “Fine, don’t vote – see if I care.” Because Ms. Davis seems unwilling or unable to explain why young voters are apathetic to elections, I’ve taken it upon myself to offer a few obvious reasons.
First, I have not witnessed one positive campaign ad be it from Representative Musgrave or State Representative Paccione. On public TV, our two likely congressional leaders have only made use the the ad-hominem attack in support of their candidacy. That’s not the type of behavior that inspires political participation or demonstrates leadership. Personally, it disgusts me.
Second, the current re-election rate for incumbents is 98%. In recent history only 2% of challengers have actually overtaken their congressional incumbents. This is most likely because of gerrymandered districts and disproportional campaign finances, all of which have nothing to do with voters.
Third, the two-party political system within the US does not adequately represent many voters. For example, if you prefer less government in the economy and your personal life, what party will best represent your views? On average, neither the Republicans nor Democrats will provide adequate representation.
And finally, many young voters have a tough time dealing with the legalese style of ballot proposals. How many voters actually understand the current citizen initiative system in Colorado or how state Supreme Court justices earn their position before voting on an some altercation of the process?
Ms. Davis, please consider that there are valid reasons to avoid voting before castigating such a large crowd of voters. This demographic which you have so flippantly demeaned might be a tad bit more knowledgeable than you portray.
2nd Bachelor’s Candidate