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Some reasons why education and voter awareness are important.

According to Pew Research (, only 41 percent of eligible 18-25 year olds made it to the polls in 2012, as compared to 72 percent of those 65 and over. Nearly a quarter of civics or government teachers surveyed believe parents or other adults would object to "bringing politics" into their classrooms. Despite making up more than one-third of the population and holding the power to become the most influential voting block in the country, young people are frustrated with the political process, and are opting out of participating. Over 40% of young Americans "don't know" key information about the voting process, and 81% of 18-29 year olds surveyed said they were not politically engaged or active. Scary, huh?