Only A Few College Students Are Sure To Vote This NovemberBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
The campaign to convince more young people to vote this November has been doubled. However, there may be a need to triple those efforts since only a few millennials are sure to vote for the 2016 U.S. elections.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Vote Your Future" videos enlisted celebrities such as Edward Norton, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardi DiCaprio, Julia Roberts as well as millennials Kendall Jenner and Zendaya to encourage young people to use their right to suffrage in the upcoming elections. The PSAs asked the stars to explain what current issues are most important to them.
"If you agree with me, vote," "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland said. "Even if you disagree with me, vote."
The videos were a collaborative effort by Alejandro Inarritu, David O. Russell, Tom McCarthy, Joss Whedon and Armando Bo. The campaign is spearheaded by Anonymous Content CEO Steve Golin.
The PSAs are just what the nation needs right now since USA Today College reported that only less than half of millennials are sure to vote this November. The others who are unsure of whether to go for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or Republican nominee Donald Trump have said that they plan to sit it out on Election Day.
Only 41 percent of those aged between 18 and 29 years old are "absolutely certain" that they will vote. 15 percent have admitted that they will "probably" vote.
The Washington Post noted that the data was taken from both registered and non-registered voters. People who did not register for the upcoming 2016 U.S. Elections are less likely to vote. Moreover, younger people have the highest probability of not being registered due to unusual job hours and moving residences without updating registration.
"Whatever the reason may be, voting should be more important, especially for college students," Southern Utah University's SUU News wrote back in May. "It is a right we have because of those many brave men and women who died for our freedom. Shouldn't we take advantage of it, whether we agree with the system or not?"