Many young people aren’t enrolled to vote – but are we asking them the wrong question?

Philippa Collin, Lucas Walsh

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    Abstract

    As soon as the 2016 federal election was called, the race was on to find those who are dragging their heels to the ballot box. While nearly one million eligible Australians are not enrolled to vote, it is inevitably young people who end up the focus of the news headlines. Around half, or 130,000, of Australia’s 18-year-olds are not on the electoral roll. If previous elections are anything to go by, we’ll hear a rehash of concerns about young people’s low enrolment, their supposed disengagement from politics and even democracy, and the usual stereotyping of them as apathetic and/or entitled. But our research suggests something more nuanced is going on.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherThe Conversation
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2016

    Keywords

    • Young people
    • Voting
    • Youth participation

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