Why Should I Vote?


Youth Voting
Quick facts on the 2016 youth vote: voter turnout, vote choice, and composition of the youth electorate. Includes links to full analysis and other resources.
Tufts University

“How Millinenials voted this [2016] election”
William A Galston and Clara Hendrickson
November 21, 2016
A discussion of the millennial vote in 2016, including voter turnout among youth, composition of young voters, ideologies, and projected impact of young voters in future elections. Includes links to related articles and other resources.

“Millennials Now Rival Baby Boomers As a Political Force, But Will They Actually Vote?”
Asma Khalid
May 16, 2016

“Voter Turnout as Big as Texas? Not Really”
The Texas Tribune
Ross Ramsey
June 7, 2014
A look at the 2010 and 2012 election statistics illustrates that low voter turnout in Texas is nothing new.

Top Voting Issues in 2016 Election
Pew Research Center
Across age groups, there are varying perspectives on the importance of issues in voting decisions.

Why Registered Voters Say They Didn’t Vote in 2016
Pew Research Center
June 1, 2017
“Dislike of candidates or campaign issues” reaches a new high as the most common reason for not voting in 2016.

Texas Secretary of State
Election Results
Find current and historical data on election results, early voting, voter registration, and constitutional amendments. Site includes links to votetexas.gov.

Voter Engagement Resource Library
Nonprofit VOTE: Voter Turnout
A wide variety of resources including Powerpoint slides, audio MP3, webpages, and reports on who goes to the polls and what impacts voter turnout.

“What Americans Really Think About Climate Change?”
Robinson Meyer
April 22, 2017
Polls and studies reveal it’s the long, tiring grind that changes opinions about global warming. Students can explore how age of voters alters the policy solution on a future political issue.

Texas Civic Health Index
The University of Texas at Austin
Moody College of Communication
Minute-long videos from the Annette Strauss Institute of citizens describing civic life and their reactions to the Civic Health Index findings.

The following articles discuss election issues of particular importance to young people in England. Although the articles are set in a different country, the issues are almost the same as in the US.

“Election 2017: Five young voters explain what issues matter to them.”
Emma Harrison
BBC News. June 6, 2017
Young people consider Brexit, health, education, housing and the economy to be the most important issues in the election, according to a YouGov survey. Five 18 to 24-year-olds explain why these issues matter to them.

“General election 2017”
The Observer (The Observer is a sister paper of The Guardian, a British daily newspaper.)
“Can’t be bothered to vote? If you’re young, you simply can’t afford not to”
April 30, 2017
Voter apathy among the 18-24 age group has seen the advent of tuition fees and cuts to housing benefit and student grants. It’s time to turn out to reverse this cycle, writes Armando Iannucci