Elections are a vital part of democracy. First time voters usually abstain more than older voters, delegating their future to the older generation.

 

What are your ideas for a high mobilisation of your peers on-line and in real life? Can we close the “turnout gap” between young and old voters?

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There is an obvious lack of interest from the youth, even for national elections. That comes from school, cityzenship is no loger something that matter, that is concrete, and students don't even realise how the system they belong to works... We have to teach youth about how EU works, who governs us, and why. I'm 18 and all the knowledge I get, I get it on my own, not at school. Nobody tought me how to vote, how to read and compare programs. Nobody told me how I can get represented by a deputy. Nobody told me how our democracy concretely works. But I heard eurosceptics sread their ideas. I heard people saying that EU is a desaster. Even at school, not aproving these speech, but not adding comments detailing an other point of view, in favor of EU, because of neutrality they have to keep. I don't think that is democracy, or education. The place given to politics is so small if you don't chose to study it in particular. If we want to make a stronger EU we have to give a "critical apparatus" to understand it. Because now we have moderates pro-EU, but determinate eurosceptics, who take the time to give arguments.
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Close that gap by giving good education, well educated teachers should teach kids from 12 to 18 about Europe, rules, politics and last but not least, importance of a strong Union.

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This phenomenon is not European but universal and it's due to the lack of Democracy (from demos "people" + kratos "rule'', thus the ''Rule of the People". Our political system is basically an under representative system, especially in the EU, where the only directly elected institution can not really adapt legislation on its own. But do not be mistaken, by giving power to the parliament we are not going to solve the problem , we are just a step closer. The way to make citizens and especially young citizens to vote, is to make their vote matter.This could happen only by Direct Democracy, a form of which is the European Citizens Initiative. Ofcourse the trap in the European Citizens Initiative concept is that it isn't binding upon the EU institutions . So my suggestion is that we should start from that . To sum up , in my point of view the only reason why there is a turnout gap between young and old is just that in our not democratic system of governence it takes too long for citizens to be convinced that their vote can change anything. And eventually even an older voter ends up voting the lesser evil because there isn't someone which really represents him/her. The truth is , Democracy isn't in crisis, our political under representative system is.
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Before anything else, we need to examine where this issue has its roots. To begin with, the vast majority of young people does not attend the ballots due to inconvenience, Voting is a time-consuming procedure accompanied by multiple steps that should be taken beforehand. Furthermore, the youth, and all the citizens in general, tend to undermine politics. Politicians have the bad reputation of making empty promises, thus the public has given up on the system a long time ago. Possible solutions to the “turn-out gap” are: 1. Online Voting Process: By establishing this, everyone could have the chance to vote wherever they are, in whichever situation. Technology is our ally, not our enemy. 2. Accession of Civics Education in Schools: From an early age, children must acquire a basic understanding of the significance of politics and voting. Since kids are the future of Europe, their minds must be properly cultivated, so that they can develop critical thinking and opinionated personalities. 3. Compulsory Voting: This has been established in numerous countries and it has proven that: because the voter turnout increases, the public’s will is being expressed, thus legal certainty is ensured. Many may say that mandatory voting is an infringement of our liberties, but in fact voting is a right that becomes an obligation.
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The young people don´t know how the EU works, the first thing is to teach in the schools and high schools how important is EU in our lives. I think ERASMUS programme is the best thing to feel Europeans to the Europeans, but this is in the first place a thing of the universitarian world, It could be great to favoured interchanges in all the education period. The first problem of the EU is their rulers, there is not an effective government of the EU. The two big parties are always in the same position (how can we explain it?), the EU should go to a real political unification (same parties, same lists, same interes and policies) an effective govenment as in the rest of the countries with real power. Also we sould go to a military unification, with only one big army wich don't led the state members to go alone to a conflict avoiding the decisions of the EU parliament.
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Many young people do not vote because its hard to know who to vote for, creating an easy way for people to understand how the process works, and what the different parties stand for will increase the amount of voters.
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There are many programs of exchange students and job - training offers. However world became smaller place because we have internet and maybe it is a way of making inter - academical programs. We students can cooperate in various industries to get usefull qualifications. For example cooperation of students from universities of technologies can design together with support from experts working in high - tech companies such as Airbus of Audi and even from some american experts from Boeing, NASA or NTSB.
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As a mentor in Erasmus + academical exchange program I feel that I' ve became a better as a human - there is a chance to build better world that way, if we will respect other people, even if they have "other" skin or they were growing up in other religion etc. Let's make a international campaign of promoting that program worldwide (for example: video blogs made by students from various Universities published on TV or/and at YT)
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Last two years of dialogue beetwen Brussels and Law And Justice' s Polish Goverment shown a problem of limits of interference in local political discussion. Let allow all European society to say what they think about that, by sharing them to anonymous survey via internet or any other mean of communication to ask them where this limit should be established, to respect European political integrity and local political decisions at the same time and help to avoid some problems in controversial new laws.
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Sharing publicly freeware database of academical lectures online for whole European community. It may help people at work, at preparing to exams or just to get know new usefull and trustworthly information which every person can check while online, where other sources are ran out of needed data.
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