READER REPORT:

Youth voter apathy needs to end

MATT ROBINSON
Last updated 12:00 23/01/2014
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TICK TIME: Are you voting this year?

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It is election year and no matter which side of the poltical spectrum you call home, this election will be close. Yet young voter turn out is expected to be low.

Unlike Australia it is not mandatory to vote here, which I think is good, however the more people that vote, the healthier our democracy will be.

Often when I ask people my own age if they are going to vote they let out a big sigh and ask 'what's the point?'. That their vote won't make a difference. They then go on to complain that nothing has changed after they didn't vote and use it to prove why they didn't vote. A self-fulfilling prophecy.

I didn't grow up in a particular political home and to this day I have no idea who my parents voted for, but I always wanted to vote.

The first election I voted in was 2011; I strolled down to the Hamilton City Council building with my anti-nuclear t-shirt and a tea cosy on my head (just to throw people off the scent of who I was voting for) and proudly cast my vote. I had a sense of accomplishment. It was a good feeling.

The disenfranchised youth don't think the political parties see them, with policies affecting baby boomers and teachers, nothing seems to change for the youth, unless you count minimum wage, cost of rent/living, student loans and jobs.

This year make sure you go out and vote and encourage others to vote, do your research and find out which party suits you.

Every vote does matter.


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