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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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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An information campaign might help. A lot of young people, around here at least, don't even realise that they could vote for the EP. And if they do, it is usually considered a useless or unimportant election, as many do not know the actual importance and functions of the EP. Furthermore, the EU elections don't tend to get the media fuss national ones do, which isn't helping either. So a high profile information campaign informing about the EP and the EP elections might be very helpful. Also, it seems to me that a lot of people feel the EU to be very far away from them. It's something that seems even further out of their reach and such than their national government, which they already consider to be doing little to connect with them. A campaign to further the connections between the EP, the MEPs and their citizens, give information about them and how to reach them, etc. Make it known and show that our MEPs listen to us, take us seriously, and aren't that far out of reach. Just posting short introduction videos for them might help already. In general, chances are, the more you include the younger folks into your decisions, the more you listen to them and interact with them and ask their opinion, the more likely will they probably be to care about the EP and want to support their members of choise. Make it feel like they and their voices really matter, you know.

Votes: 92

The high abstention rate at the election often represents the voters' growing disillusionment with politics. Discredited ideologies, unfulfilled promises and policies that habitually fail to meet the needs of the youth discourage involvement in voting. Aspiring political candidates should align their messages and policies to address the growing needs of the youth to stimulate their interest in politics. In addition, heightened education via traditional, social and digital media should be utilized to stressed voting as a civic responsibility of the youth. Massing up at voting centers often discourages participation in voting. E-voting should therefore, be prioritized to make voting easily accessible.

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