Octogenarians beating 18-49 year olds


The eighty year olds are beating the 18 year olds, the 25 year olds, the 35 year olds, and the 49 year olds. Where? At the early (absentee) voting ballot box. Why?

I certainly hope election day turnout among the 18-49 year olds overwhelms the 80 year olds and over age group by the time voting ceases on election day. But what if it does not? What is the message?

I do not understand why non-voters are unable or unwilling to draw a direct connection between some of the things that are happening to them in life, and the candidates who run for office, and the candidates who get elected to office? I know non-voters have their reasons – I conducted a survey in 2010. But are their reasons fact or fiction?

If you already voted or plan to vote on June 5th, take some time over the weekend to talk to someone who never votes or infrequently votes about the importance of voting. They may not want to vote in the primary election, but that gives you a reason to continue the conversation until the general election. Friends should not let friends get away with not voting. – Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Early Voting Demographic Groups by Gender by Party as of 6-1-2018

 

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