Young People Care About Elections, They Just Don’t Always Show Up to Vote. Here’s How Education Can Help.

It’s election season in the U.S., and get-out-the-vote efforts are in full swing. And one question being asked by pundits and politicos is, how can we motivate young voters to show up at the polls?

After all, in the most recent presidential election, less than half of citizens ages 18 to 29 participated, compared to 71 percent of those 65 and older and 67 percent of eligible voters ages 45 to 64..

But a book published earlier this year by two political scientists tweaks that question. Young people are already plenty motivated to vote, the authors say, but they don’t always follow through to cast ballots. So this book asks, what is it that prevents young people from actually voting?

The answer has implications for political campaigns, policymakers and of course for educators. The book, called “Making Young Voters,” offers a surprising insight about what kind of education actually influences

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Questions about education elections? Find answers here

As early voting begins today for the Nov. 3 general election, Arizonans with questions about education initiatives, school bond, override and capital override elections have several resources to help them make informed decisions.

“Education is not a partisan issue,” said Christine Thompson, president and CEO of Expect More Arizona. “From the top of the ballot to the bottom, there are issues and offices that significantly impact every level of education in Arizona.”

“Before voting, citizens can do a little research to gain a better understanding of what authority elected officials wield,” Thompson said. “Before filling out their ballot, voters can ask candidate questions and see who best aligns with their views and priorities on education issues. “

While each school district’s website, county recorder’s website, and local media provide the facts on how these elections benefit students and impact taxpayers, this week voters can also view two online

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Lester B. Pearson School Board elections set for Nov. 1

Editor’s note: The scheduled Nov. 1 school board elections in the English school system are being postponed because of the pandemic, Premier François Legault announced Wednesday.



a man standing on a sidewalk: Chris Eustace, a retired teacher, is running again to become chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.


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Chris Eustace, a retired teacher, is running again to become chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.


 

Two former teachers are vying to become the next chair of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.

But the comparisons end there for Judy Kelley and Chris Eustace, the candidates in the Nov. 1 school board election.

While Kelley is a strong proponent of the current school board structure, Eustace favours the Coalition Avenir Québec’s plan, under Bill 40, to scrap school boards and replace them with service centres.

Eustace, who taught at Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School for 34 years, also ran for the chair position in 2014 but lost to incumbent Suanne Stein Day , who later resigned under a

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