This is some crap

Okay young voters. Seriously. Let’s do this. The Times just put up an analysis of voter turnout in King County broken out by age. The moral of their story? Candidates should only focus on older voters because younger voters don’t matter. Literally.



Lack of anger.


Attention young people of Washington: this is exactly how we will continue to be treated until we turn ourselves around. Campaigns don’t talk to us because we don’t vote. In turn, we don’t vote because nobody is encouraging us too. It’s a cycle, it’s self-reinforcing, and it’s terrible.

We can’t count on other people or campaigns to do it for us. We have to make sure we’re flexing our electoral power and that campaigns have to talk to us seriously. That’s why the Bus exists. And we need you to be a part of this. Vote in this primary. Get your friends to vote in this primary. Lock in!

And young voters, remember:



7 Responses to “This is some crap”

  1. 1 Wenzilla
    August 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    You tell ’em Washington Bus!

  2. 2 washingtonbus
    August 10, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Anything for you Wenzilla!

  3. 3 Stephen
    August 10, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    When I became eligible to vote in 1968, that what I did VOTE. And I’ve voted ever since.

    So, why don’t young people vote? ‘Cuz they don’t think it matters? ‘Cuz they’re busier than I was at that age?

    Old people vote for their own self interest. More public funds are spent on the small number of people over 80 than the huge number of people under 15. Right now, old people are trying to protect their lucrative, subsidize public health care — denying the same benefits to their own grandchildren. What’s up with that?

    If young people would come to Legislative District meetings, you could take control of these aging organizations. Please come, please take control. Please.

  4. August 11, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Part of the problem with taking control of Legislative District meetings is that young folks are much more transient than old folks. We’re renters, we don’t have cars, and most of us don’t have stable “careers” so we end up moving around a lot. How can I get anything done in a process-heavy uber-local organization when I might be moving in six months? Is there some way for us to get involved at the city level?

  5. 5 washingtonbus
    August 11, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Hey Sarah – the answer is absolutely yes. There are a ton of organizations (the Bus among them) that do non-geographic specific work. Our advice: find the area that gets you most excited, and find the group that does that work. For progressive political engagement, that would be the Bus. For environmental work it might be Washington Conservation Voters or the Sierra Club, and for immigration reform it could be One America.

    The big moral is there are a ton of groups that do work to affect policy outcomes – it’s basically like apartment hunting… for good causes.

  6. 6 Will in Seattle
    August 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    So, is there some kind of upcoming Bus trip? I know both 18 yos I know voted in the primary already, maybe they can help out …

  7. 7 washingtonbus
    August 11, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    There is indeed a Bus trip coming up – look one post up for more details, but the basics are we’re holding a GOTV trip inside the city limits. We’ll be meeting at Bus HQ at 11:30, and spreading out across the city to youth heavy precincts. After the canvass, Korean bbq, dj, and assorted good times. More volunteers are always welcome! RSVP on the website – http://www.washingtonbus.org.

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