"I Count Because I Vote" Initiative Works To Increase Young Voter Engagement

Oct 7, 2015

A look at the trends and issues that affect turnout among young voters.

The overall voter turnout rate in the presidential election of 2012 was about 58%, with the rate among young voters, those ages 18 to 29, just 45%. Even in hotly-contested presidential elections, why don’'t more eligible U.S. voters go to the polls, and how can more young people be encouraged to get engaged and vote? A day-long symposium, “I Count Because I Vote,” will be held tomorrow at Northern Kentucky University to explore the issues that impact voting, in America, and in our region.

Joining us to discuss voting trends and issues are Dr. Michael P. McDonald of the U.S. Elections Project; Northern Kentucky University Associate Professor of History, Dr. Burke Miller; Austin Stevenson, a member of the NKU Student Government Association; and, WVXU reporter Howard Wilkinson.

David Scott, the national political editor for the Associated Press, and one of the presenters at the “I Count Because I Vote” symposium, will also be delivering the first Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement Six@Six lecture, Covering the 2016 Presidential Election, tonight at  6:00 PM at NKU. For registration and information, click here.

“I Count Because I Vote” on October 8 is a day-long seminar for students from colleges, universities and high schools in Greater Cincinnati. NKU’s Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement is the host of this event, with support from the Murray and Agnes Seasongood Good Government Foundation. The opening session of this symposium, co-sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Forum, will be held at the METS Center at  9:00 am, and is free and open to the general public. Dr. Michael McDonald of the U.S. Elections Project will speak on voting issues and trends in America. For information, click here. Students interested in attending the full symposium can register here.

The Northern Kentucky Forum is a partnership of the NKU Scripps Howard Center for Civic Engagement, Skyward and Legacy.