Democracy suffered as much as the Democrats in the most recent election.

This year’s midterm elections received the lowest voter turnout (36.3%) in federal elections in the past 72 years.

Northern states performed a bit better than in the past, with Maine topping the list and Massachusetts ranking 14th in nationally in voting turnout. The cause of northern activity is that campaigns in the North are always well publicized. According to the New York Times, the percentage of the overall vote in northern states dropped by 42% compared to 2012 elections, where young voters made up 13% of this year’s elections.

Although I did not vote in the recent election (I am an international student and registering to vote is complicated for foreign nationals), I believe the youth vote is important.  Young peoples’ votes count very much; it allows the government to see how involved and aware we are of our current situation. Voting allows our voices and concerns to be heard.

In an article written for RH Reality Check, author Erin McKelle stresses how young people should care more about voting because we have the power to choose who can represent us, but we do not understand the amount of power we actually have.

“Making a conscious effort to vote is important because it has very real consequences for our lives. It affects access to health care, the distribution of wealth, the social and political climate of our country, and even civil rights,” McKelle said.

The factors of this year’s low voter turnout were many. One was the negativity of the campaigns, particularly evident in television commercials.  This resulted in voter discouragement, frustration, and disengagement.  To avoid this, politicians could encourage their candidates to broadcast positive commercials, such as their plans for fixing the economy or improving healthcare.