There are many reasons why the American people as a majority show a lack of interest in elections, with peers of mine only having a turnout that is under 50 percent. As a nation, we have been under a 60 percent turnout since the election in 1968.
As a Running Start student and a senior at Richland High, it has become clearer to me why this could be the case. In general, the voting turnout tends to rise with age. The public education system does a poor job of informing students of the political processes of the American government. This could contribute to the low voter turnout for the American population, and even more so for the people in my age group if this is consistent nationwide.
After experiencing a course in government from Professor Bullert, I have actually began to understand how much I had not learned before about our government and how much our education system needs to be redesigned.
Shane P. Edwards, Richland