The Myth of the Apathetic College-Age Voter

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  1. Kyle Huey says:

    In all fairness to Gainesville residents, there aren’t voter boards for city elections.

  2. Ken says:

    True, but every single one of them have an opportunity to vote if they wanted to – some UF students simply can’t because they aren’t near a precinct on the main campus.

    An argument going the other way is the UF holds elections over two days, and even a chunk of Gainesville residents aren’t going to be able to vote or know to vote on those really odd-ball dates the city chooses for its local elections.

    My main point is that in the end there are perfectly legitimate “excuses” for what is seen as student apathy, and there are plenty of reasons to think student apathy isn’t any worse than “adult” apathy – where real regulations and a much more sizeable budget are at play in each election.

    If I had my way, though, turnout for UF elections would be at least double what is, UF students would understand the $13 million reasons for taking it seriously, and Gainesville would instead move its elections to be timed with the regular timetable used for county, state, and federal campaigns.

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