2. Your vote can force politicians to listen

By: Charlotte Lever

Even though some politicians don’t always care about what young people believe in or value, they do care about their jobs - 100% of the time, every time.

They want you to vote for them so they are elected. To this end, politicians and political parties put a lot of time, money and effort into finding out everything they can about those who are voting for them, and marketing their policies to these voters.

This graph from the    Australian Electoral Commission    shows us what percentage of eligible voters actually voted in the 2013 Federal election by age group - the difference between how many eligible voters under 25 who vote, compared to those who are 50+ is huge. (Note: Graph has been edited to omit irrelevant information to this article).

This graph from the Australian Electoral Commission shows us what percentage of eligible voters actually voted in the 2013 Federal election by age group - the difference between how many eligible voters under 25 who vote, compared to those who are 50+ is huge. (Note: Graph has been edited to omit irrelevant information to this article).

The sad truth is...

If young people are not voting, political parties and candidates have less reason to pay attention to the concerns of young people or create policies that will benefit them.

On the other side of the coin...

If young people are turning out to vote politicians will have an incentive to be more inclusive of young people’s needs and appeal to the youth vote. So if you are sick of hearing about issues like negative gearing, or debates around a new super freeway in your city, get out to vote in your next local, State or Federal election and force those pollies to listen!

Credits:   PJEgingIV   /Tenor

Credits: PJEgingIV/Tenor