In 2012, only 41.2 percent of Americans aged 18 to 24 voted. Perhaps it’s because young voters don’t think that voting is worth the hassle. Is this a misguided perception? Absolutely. But after this election I have a pretty good idea why many college students consider voting to be difficult.
The deadline to submit an absentee ballot request form for the midterm election was Oct. 28. I filled out my request form and emailed it to the Halifax County Board of Elections on Oct. 22. I promptly received an email saying that my request form would be processed, and I would receive my absentee soon. On Election Day the ballot had still not arrived. I called the BOE and was told my request was never received, but I could still vote at my normal polling location. As a college student five hours away from home this was not an option for me.
I am a political science major at Furman University, an avid follower of politics and a lover of democracy. And yet this year I was not be able have my voice heard. The youth voting rate will continue to fall if we let situations like this slide by unnoticed.