Concern Over Young Voters As Election Nears In Staunton

STAUNTON, Va. -- Jonanthan Hawkins is 23 years-old, lives in Staunton, and is a registered voter.

Staunton City Council elections are on Tuesday and he's debating whether or not he'll vote.

"Unless things are looking really bad then I'll come out and vote on that specific issue or if I'm impacted directly by an issue," Hawkins says.

Only 10 to 20 percent of registered voters in Staunton actually vote, and out of that, very few are young voters between the ages of 18 and 29.

Erik Curren, serves on the Staunton City Council and says there are many issues that affect young people such as jobs and education.

He thinks younger people need to get out and vote to make their voices heard.

"Local elections is the one level of democracy that the average citizen can have a big impact over," says Curren, "if young people don't vote and they don't chose the representatives who are willing to listen to them and are interested in the things that they want, then they shouldn't be surprised if local government doesn't know what they want and doesn't give it to them."

Jonathan thinks younger voters really don't pay attention to the issues faced by city council and says he knows it's a problem that needs to be solved.

"It might not impact them as it would impact another age," says Hawkins, "its something that does need to change, I do feel like young people could impact voting if they became more involved."


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