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Voting and College Students - Samantha Smith Politics and...

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Samantha Smith February 24, 2008 Politics and Poker Final Draft As the time for voting comes around full-circle again, it is time for people to brush up on their knowledge of candidates. Thousands of people sit in front of their televisions on a nightly basis just to catch up on how their candidate is performing and how his or her competition is doing as well. Many will sit through hours of lengthy debate just to gain a tad bit more knowledge on what each candidate stands for. Out of these many people, few are college students or young adults in the workforce. For a number of reasons, students and young adults who are just as eligible to vote as any other citizen are forfeiting their chance to practice their right to vote. They view politics as a subject for older people, who are “more affected” by the outcome of the race, when in reality, their future is at stake as well. However, with little outreach from the candidates to speak to college students, and mainly the young, working adults, about the importance of voting and the lack of stress many colleges put on the importance of gaining knowledge on the subject of politics, many students will go without the awareness of who the person running our country really is. Many young adults choosing to head out into the work force instead of furthering their education are missing out on learning more about their country. Not to say that they are any less smart than some college students, they are just lacking the educational studies of politics in general. Without understanding how the political system works and without having experience on certain subjects such as the cost of college, many young, working adults forfeit their right to
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Samantha Smith February 24, 2008 Politics and Poker Final Draft vote simply because they do not have the knowledge. In a fact sheet showing the general attitudes of non-college youth, “The report shows that non-students are less likely to vote, to be registered to vote, to volunteer, or to feel they can make a difference in their communities than their college attending counterparts” (Jarvis).
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