How often have you heard people say, "Why should I bother to vote? Does my vote count? It is not likely that there is going to be a tie and my vote will be the deciding vote. The same people will win whether I vote or not. So why should I vote?" For many young voters today, such attitudes are, unfortunately, why so many young American voters choose not to vote.
Though the government does not know for whom each individual cast their ballot, it does know whether or not you voted. They track information for statistical purposes to determine how many young people are voting as compared to other age groups. According to the United States Federal Election Commission, only 22 percent of registered voters between the ages of 18-25 actually voted in one of the closest presidential elections in recent history in 2000 between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush Jr. Even more revealing, according to the Kentucky Board of Elections, during the most recent primary election in Kentucky only 18 of registered voters actually went to the polls and voted, of which only four percent actually came from voters between the ages of 18-25.