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November 7, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Midterm elections: Voting can be discouraging for young voters

I am a college student at Western Washington University. I would like to clarify some confusion and offer advice about people’s fear of my generation not voting [“5 common tactics used to try to keep voter turnout low,” Politics, Nov. 2]. As a 19-year-old college student, I am new to the world of voting. I find it exciting, but sometimes for me and some of my peers it can be discouraging.

We have grown up in the time of the Internet and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. From a young age we have seen wars that the U.S. went into because of fear. The benefits we saw come from these were debt and even more chaos. All we see on the Internet are people with very biased opinions expressing them on every platform possible. This is very confusing and discouraging. We don’t believe in the government and everyone has made us feel like our vote doesn’t matter.

In order to change this, I believe we should use the social network as a good source of promoting unbiased voting. We should also promote local elections because those are the elections where people can actually see change.

My generation wants to vote. It will just have to take time to trust the process is real.

Emily Johnson, Bellingham

Comments | More in Election | Topics: Democrats, Emily Johnson, midterm elections

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