Wednesday, September 29, 2010
One lesson coming out of last month's primary is this: Young people still couldn't give a shit about what happens in government. Even after Obama, the Tea Party and all the other random crap that's made politics — if not fun again — at least entertaining.
This simple fact was proven today by Secretary of State Sam Reed, whose office sent out a blog saying as much. In that blog, a handy spreadsheet broke down the vote by county, gender and age. Awesome.
So let's get down with the voter breakdown.
Almost 4,000 people below the age of 25 in Spokane County voted in last month's primary. That's only 3.5 percent of the ballots cast. Another 6,600 folks between the ages of 25 and 34 voted — just 5.9 percent. (The ladies outperformed the dudes in both age groups.)
Way to go, youth of America. You — and by you, I mean me, too, and a bunch of us here at The Inlander — let people over the age of 35 cast more than 90 percent of the votes.
And not to scare you or anything, but as the age groups get progressively older, its members' love of voting grows. So does the group's power over you. (Because you're not voting!)
The group with the greatest civic participation? Those 65 and older. More than 38,000 geriatric citizens voted. More than three of them voted for every one person younger than 35.
So, prepare yourself for the Great Tea Party flood.