Overall, these "missing voters" amount to half, and in some cases more than half, of the total votes cast for president in these states. This should ring huge alarm bells for those who care about our society's health and future. Fortunately, there is a solution.
There is an overwhelming assumption that kids don't care about politics. Yet, at the end of the day most people don't even give us a chance. They should just ask us a simple question: what do you believe in?
Democratic socialism isn't Communism. There's no reason to be scared of a government that provides rights we all deserve. Democratic socialism works, and if elected president Sanders can make it work here in the United States.
Your generation expects and deserves solutions, not more government directed by out of touch politicians. It's time for a new set of ideas. Only a candidate who is a socially tolerant, fiscally responsible and principled leader can reinvigorate the Republican brand.
The percentage of young people who vote is disappointingly low, so I'm taking my frustrations about the debate as a reminder that I really should show up to vote for the candidates whose ideologies I do support.
Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Senate's foremost advocate for lowering student debt and lowering the cost of college, received a petition signed by over 240,000 people. The petition called on Congress and the president to cancel all student debt.
On one issue, though, there is a sizeable (and growing) bloc of voters who are not only cross-partisan but also so committed they could be called "single-issue voters." I'm speaking of the marijuana vote. And it could be up for grabs next year.
As a politically active student, I am incredibly frustrated by the lack of political engagement demonstrated by my peers. When asked how they feel about the government, I find young people are very quick to blame politicians for many of their problems.
It's tough living in a red state as a young liberal. However, for each liberal that leaves a red state, there is, consequently, one less liberal in that state. One less liberal to fight for, and vote for, change.