Less than 40% of people aged 18-24 voted in the 2022 midterm election in Washington. Why?

Joshua Douglas

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In Washington State, youth turnout was higher than the national average (39%), but compared to people aged 65 and over it was significantly lower (80%). Part of this low turnout is likely that presidential elections feel more momentous to young people, but it can't be the only reason.

In years past youth might have thought their votes don't matter, but it seems like it's something different. There's more malaise and a sense of giving up when I talk to younger people. Does anyone have a theory as to why younger Americans are less politically involved?

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