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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Proposition 208 hurts education-funding cause in Arizona, not help it. Vote no on Invest in Ed

Starved for years, Arizona schools remain undernourished.


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The state has among the largest class sizes in the country, a nation-worst student-counselor ratio of more than 900 to 1, and districts short of nurses, librarians, aides and other support staff.

The crisis is most evident in the continued shortage of certified teachers in classrooms. A survey of schools document more than 1,700 positions that remain unfilled this year alone.

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Proposition 208 promises to change much of that, by imposing a 78% tax increase on individual income above $250,000 (and household income above $500,000). It raises the top marginal tax rate from 4.5% to 8%.

An architect of the plan says passage of the ballot measure would mean reduced class sizes, diminished teacher shortage and markedly improved student achievement.

We wish it were so.


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Educate yourself on the ballot, then vote

The Clark County Board of Election has a website that can answer almost all your questions Sample ballots are available for viewing. There is also valuable information about voting precinct locations, and early voting.

The News Sun has already had helpful articles about early voting, voting by mail, and the candidates. Our website is

Of course the mail will also be delivering all sorts of campaign literature to you. And the campaign signs are popping up like dandelions in your neighbors’ yards and street corners.

The actual ballot you get is determined by where you live or more accurately your precinct. Voters in Enon will have some items that are different from voters in Park Layne or Pike Twp.

ExploreMcGlothin, Hartley to face off in Clark County Commissioner race

You cousin in another township may have to consider a school issue but not a police levy, while

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NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest calls for vote on school reopening

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest tried Thursday to persuade the State Board of Education to give all North Carolina public schools the choice of fully reopening for in-person classes.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper allowed the state’s elementary schools to fully reopen, but he’s left in place restrictions at middle schools and high schools due to COVID-19. Forest, who is a member of the state board, argued Thursday that the board and not the governor should decide on how schools reopen.

But Forest’s motion to allow all K-12 public schools to fully reopen was determined to be out of order. The state board and the state Department of Public Instruction have worked with the governor’s office on school reopening issues.

“We have schools across this state that want to be able to open safely now, and there are other districts across this state that want to be open in some capacity,”

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New bipartisan council formed to defend election integrity launches $20 million public education campaign to count every vote

New bipartisan council formed to defend election integrity launches $20 million public education campaign to count every vote

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A bipartisan group of more than 40 former elected officials, former Cabinet secretaries, retired military officials, and civic leaders called the National Council on Election Integrity has formed to defend the legitimacy of our elections and ensure that every American’s vote is counted in 2020, Issue One announced today.

The National Council on Election Integrity — which includes individuals who have advised presidents, former party leaders, and heads of some of the largest civic organizations in the country — has launched “Count Every Vote,” a new $20 million public education campaign highlighting the country’s ability to hold safe and secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic and stressing that all citizens’ votes must be counted, regardless of whom

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VSU’s ‘Blaze the Ballot’ initiative hopes to educate, encourage students to vote

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) – Valdosta State University is on a mission to encourage college students to vote and know why it’s important.

a man and a woman standing on a sidewalk: Valdosta State University launched the “Blaze the Ballot” initiative, which will last until the end of this month.

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Valdosta State University launched the “Blaze the Ballot” initiative, which will last until the end of this month.

They just launched the “Blaze the Ballot” initiative that will last until the end of this month.

“I think it’s so important because we are living in times of uncertainty. There are a lot of things surrounding the 2020 elections,” said Jalen Smith, a sophomore and student assistant with the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion.

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: VSU is encouraging students to vote with its latest initiative.

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VSU is encouraging students to vote with its latest initiative.

Smith said college students from ages 18 to 29 fall at the bottom of voter turn out.

Their goal is to change that and connect students with information about voting and letting

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Amplifying youth vote, civics education

Civics education is critical to a functioning Democratic society.

When I served as the first student member on the Maine State Board of Education, it was something that I advocated for in the curriculum. Students should know how their own government works. Students should know how and why to register to vote. Students should know the fundamentals of our political system. This instills a solid foundation of recognizing your civic responsibility, not just your rights, in our country.

Pre-pandemic, one of the highlights of my legislative service has been to visit with classrooms throughout our area. Every year, I would visit with students in elementary and middle school about how a bill becomes a law. When a student connects the dots to see how they can have a real, tangible impact in their community or state, it makes it all worth it. It gives me hope for our future. This

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Express POLL: Should the Government encourage students towards university or to jobs? VOTE | UK | News

School children are often pushed into attending higher education courses rather than the alternative of learning a trade despite the spiralling debts they will incur after leaving. Teenagers with the grades to get into university will often be given the option of a traditional academic route – A-levels followed by a degree – rather than other routes into careers such as apprenticeships.

But should the government stop trying to push young people towards university and instead focus more on training them for the jobs market?

It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to consider giving young people an “apprenticeship guarantee”.

Attitudes to university in comparison to apprenticeships was laid bare in a 2019 poll, which revealed students feel pressured to go down the route of university.

The poll of 1,500 recent school leavers found two-thirds were urged to go to university by teachers, while six out of 10 said

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Sherrilyn Ifill, President of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, on the Battle Over RBG’s Seat and Making Every Vote Count

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense And Education Fund, Inc. Credit – Andre Chung—The Washington Post/Getty Images

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With the President and Attorney General waging an unceasing disinformation campaign to undermine public confidence in the presidential election, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), is bracing for post–Nov. 3 battle. In an earlier stint at the LDF, one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations, Ifill specialized in litigating voting-rights cases. After leaving to teach law and write books, she returned in 2013, as the first female director to head the organization founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940. (The LDF became

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EDITORIAL: Court nomination should wait on vote of the people | Opinion

President Trump introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday as his nominee to the Supreme Court, calling her “one of our nation’s most brilliant and gifted legal minds.” And while that may be true, now – with just five weeks before a national election in which the president could be denied a second term and control of the Senate could flip to the Democrats – is no time to be filling a vacancy on the high court.

Certainly, elections have consequences as the Democrats were reminded when the president made good on his word to appoint conservative jurists to the bench. Trump’s appointment and the Senate’s approval of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh solidified the philosophical bearing of the court on the right. If Barrett, who subscribes to the same kind of conservative judicial philosophy as her onetime mentor Justice Antonin Scalia, were to be seated, she would be taking

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