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The general public tends to view youth as political dropouts and this is true to a point Voter participation of people between the ages of 18 and 24 has dropped to 388 lower than any other age group but are these youth dropouts Elections Canada 2011 This paper seeks to explore the common reasons as to why youth dont vote and to prove that the lack of youth vote is because of external influences rather than the youths themselvesYouth today have grown up in a world where they are marginalized by the rest of the public They are told that their values and views are invalid and have the impression that they have no influence over the government This is partially due to the culture which has surrounded them since birth Through the experiences of their parents many youth see the futility of government involvement before they are even of the age to vote By seeing the governments failure to meet the needs of their parents this perception of inconsequentiality is intensified By seeing the outcome of involvement in government through access to the public sector or involvement in local governments as unlikely to return the outcome that they want youth become discouraged and assume that involvement in democracy will be just as useless This sense of ineffectual involvement will only encourage the idea that the government isnt there to serve them instead it will enforce a feeling that the government is separate from them This divide between youth and the government enforces a class partition between youth voters and the so-called political class Politicians further this divide through the language they choose to use By using a language that youth and a large part of the public arent fluent in politicians distance themselves from the potential young voters Not only does this language barrier make it hard for young people to understand what material the politicians are discussing it prevents them from understanding information
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