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Millennials Encouraged to Register to Vote

According to Civic Youth, only 19.9% of 18-29 year-olds casted ballots in the 2014 elections—the lowest youth turnout ever in a federal election.

However, campaigns like ServiceVote 2016, Rock the Vote and New Voters Project are in place to encourage millennials to register and to vote.

But political science major Shea O’Sullivan thinks millennials are simply uninformed.

“I think it’s just a lack of caring and a lack of information because there’s really no excuse I think to not be registered to vote,” O’Sullivan said.

Illinois resident Jenna Dow simply googled how to register to vote and how to get an absentee ballot. She is now voting in this election.

“They [the website] will take you to your state’s homepage, and it’s really easy and really quick. You can do it online, and to be honest, just the fact that it was easy really helped,” Dow said.

In Kansas, Tuesday, Oct. 18 is the last day to register to vote. Additionally, Friday, Nov. 4 is the last day to request an absentee ballot, and Nov. 8 is election day. Absentee ballots are due at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

Student groups across the University of Kansas campus are working hard to ensure that voter registration is accessible to students. Registration tables will be set up in the Kansas Union and at Wescoe Beach until Oct. 18.

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