Can old people scare young people into voting?

According to a new poll, only 28 percent of young voters say they’ll vote in midterm elections next month. Across all demographics, a little more than half say they’ll vote, so young people are pretty much booting the chance to have significant influence on an election. Again.

Other than the occasional candidate here and there, little seems to work to get younger people to vote. So an organization is trying the ultimate scare tactic: old, white people.

Prepare for Baby Boomer outrage in 3…2…. 1…

(oh, NSFW)

Related: Everything you need to know to vote early in Minnesota’s midterm elections (MPR News)

  • BReynolds33

    “Trump. That was us.”

    What a glorious line. Never have I seen a generation so proud of itself for something so remarkably stupid.

  • Gary F

    You mean all those kids marching after Parkland shooting demanding that their constitutional rights be taken away aren’t going to vote?

    • Jay T. Berken

      Yup, but by laws of numbers and aging, babyboomers are getting smaller in numbers and “those kids” are maturing in age and understanding the need to vote.

    • They might be 100% of the 28%

    • lusophone

      A lot of those kids marching aren’t old enough to vote. They’re old enough to get gunned down at school, but not to vote.

    • RBHolb

      There are a number of discomfiting things in the Constitution, but the right to be murdered in school is not one of them.

    • kevins

      Tired old argument Gary. I have yet to see a credible attempt to take away consitiutional rights, except in the W administration when Gold Star mothers were NOT allowed to attend a Cheney speech because they were wearing t-shirts claiming that they were Gold-Star moms.

      • Gary F

        Just saying that back in Dylan’s days, people were marching to have Constitutional rights applied equally to everyone and today they march because they want less rights. Colleges wanted free speech back then, now they want to limit it.

        • Gary F

          If Trump truly is the equivalent of the Chancellor of Germany during most of the 1930’s, why would they want to give those rights away?

          • Tired argument is tired.

            /Little known fact, Nazi Germany actually relaxed many firearms laws.

          • Gary F

            With people loyal to the government.

        • Rob

          You’ve been drinking the Kool-aid again. Reasonable gun regulations don’t take anyone’s rights away, And the wrong-headed concerns that a few colleges have about safe places and trigger warnings makes your claim that colleges as a whole are against free speech totally fatuous.

  • emersonpie

    I have tut-tutted about young non-voters and presidential-only voters myself, but when I think about it, I may have let a couple of mid-terms slip by when I was serving in the military or starting out in college.

    There are many reasons they don’t vote, but here’s one: When you are not sure what the local candidates stand for and your senator and Congressional Rep aren’t in the news, figuring out who to vote for becomes a chore, not an opportunity. This year it’s easy because the mid-terms have become nationalized. Trump or anti-Trump. Most years it’s not all that clear to young people who do not identify with a party.

    • theoacme

      In my Congressional district, I have a choice between a Democratic corporate lying liar Republican (Phillips) and a Trump corporate lying liar Republican (Paulsen), with the political establishment telling me that because I voted for Jill Stein in 2016, I’m both a Nazi and a Communist (for not voting for Hillary and Donald, respectively)…

      …lesser of two evils? Both Phillips and Paulsen are, because they are corporate shills for the plutocratic rich, irredeemably evil, along with the entirety of both the Republican and Democratic Parties…

      …why should I vote in the Corporate Fascist Primary this November?

      • Jack

        Because if you don’t, you shouldn’t complain about the outcome.

        • JamieHX

          More than that, theoacme will be directly responsible for what HE considers to be “greater-of-two-evils” candidates getting into office, just as he is directly responsible for Trump being in office.

          • Jack

            Having lived in a country where it was single party democracy (aka dictator) at the time, I feel compelled to always vote in an election and find the candidate that I can support.

            It’s never fun to live in a dictatorship where freedom of speech does not exist.

          • QuietBlue

            Trump didn’t win Minnesota. Clinton did. So a vote for Stein here didn’t lead to Trump.

        • QuietBlue

          Have you seen or heard Phillips’ positions and campaign materials, though? The guy goes on about bipartisanship, both sides causing problems, etc. And he goes out of his way to avoid identifying as a Democrat. So at least for that specific race, I can see why the “both sides are the same” position has some weight. He seems way too eager to compromise and accommodate.

          • Jack

            I find it interesting that Jason Lewis ads use Independent and not Republican in them.

      • emersonpie

        Because there will be votes in Congress on immigration, climate change, gun use, and health care. One of these two candidates will vote nearer to your inclinations than the other.

        Anyway, there are several other races on your ballot. You don’t have to vote in every race. And if no one appeals to you, it’s time for you to run for office.

      • Rob

        To one who does not vote, no damage can be claimed by that person when the worst clusterf<]er of all time gains power.

      • Rich in Duluth

        In my experience (over seven decades), there are few absolutes in this life. Mostly, there is “better” or “worse”. Clearly, during the 2016 campaign, Trump showed that he could be expected to be “worse” than any other candidate. Now, that we have him as President, I think, it’s clear that that expectation has been realized.

        I think that, facing reality, is important. Jill Stein, no matter her qualifications or good ideas or rejection of corporate big bucks, didn’t have a chance to get elected. Hilary Clinton did have a chance and would have been “better” than Trump. Not great, not the best, but “better”.

        There are many good and bad choices in and election. The responsibility lies entirely with us, the voters, to provide the “better” outcome. Please face reality in an election. Your vote, whether cast or not, does have an impact on the outcome of an election. You should vote for the “better” candidate, because, not doing so, may result in getting a “worse” elected official.

        I wish you and all of us good luck in the upcoming election.

  • chlost

    Even though I am put off by the stereotyping of my generation, I sure hope it works.

  • Al

    It’s why I’m sinking so much into my retirement account. I have zero faith (well, maybe like 5% faith) that either Social Security or my State of Minnesota pension will be there when I need them.

    • “Retirement account” – That’s adorable. Many, if not most people are barely surviving fiscally let alone have a retirement account.

      /Personally, mine’s been wiped out several times due to stock market crashes and bouts of unemployment.

      • Al

        I am fully aware of the privilege involved with having a retirement account. We’re not rolling in the cash, but we’re not living paycheck to paycheck, either, and I’m thankful.

        • Same here, thankfully, although a third round of layoffs just swept through my company literally yesterday…

          • Al

            Ugh, I’m so sorry. That’s really, really stressful. All kidding aside, and knowing I have no faith in pension sustainability, have you considered coming over to the dark side and working for government?

          • I was working for a large suburban school district as a web/tech guy for 8 years but got canned through politics there.

            Gonna start looking at that again though. I actually have a small pension through PERA.

            Thanks for the kind words.

      • 212944

        “Many, if not most people are barely surviving fiscally let alone have a retirement account.”

        I am old enough (and, sadly, turned cynical enough by the past nearly 40 years) to say that just may be part of the plan.

        I also suspect debtor’s prisons and assigning the unpaid debts of the deceased to survivors has been discussed behind closed doors in D.C. Probably a handshake or two.

        As my favorite journalism professor used to say to us, “Follow the money. Always.”

  • Jeremy D. Kantorowicz

    Still didn’t convince me to use violence and mob rule to tell others what I want them to do.

  • Postal Customer

    I told Peggy Flanagan at the state fair that there’s a goldmine of young votes if her and Walz leverage their position on legalization.

    Give people a reason to vote and they’ll vote. That’s why Obama, Trump, and not Hillary, were elected.

    • QuietBlue

      I support legalization (despite having no personal interest in it), and I agree with you, but it’s pretty sad that weed is what will get people to vote and not numerous other causes.

      • Rob

        At least weed provides a temporary escape from the KKKlusterf<£k; maybe that's the source of its appeal.

    • Kassie

      The legalization people are getting smarter and more active. I follow a number of legalization groups on Facebook. One group sent surveys to everyone who is running for House this year. They printed all the responses in a voter’s guide and you can see which candidates (both D and R) support legalization at different levels. They’ve talked about how Walz supports legalization and in the Primary outlined which Gov candidates did and didn’t support legalization. It isn’t just young people who look at legalization when voting, I’m in my 40s and it is my third or fourth most important issue when voting.

  • Gary F

    Old people might be scaring them away.

    Watching the drip, drip, drip of allegations against Keith Ellison and the DFL and MN media avoiding the story for so long.

    Watching the sh-t show with the Kavenaugh hearings. Why did these old people wait until the hearings were over to drop the bomb on this? If this is a credible accusation, why wouldn’t they have brought this up earlier so it could have been vetted properly? Cory Booker’s actions during these hearings could be another reason.

    Maybe the younger voters are tired of the “outrage of the week” by the media. The constant drum beat from credible things to ketchup on a steak gets old. They seem to forget it the next week. How long can the outrage continue?

    The unemployment rate is low, job prospects are increasing, maybe the talk of socialism all the time doesn’t resonate with folks that are now working?

    Can’t wait to see the comments.

    • MrE85

      “How long can the outrage continue?”

      Four years, unfortunately.

    • It’s interesting you note the allegations against Ellison while in the same sentence claim the media is ignoring the story.

      You learned about the allegations from the media, Gary.

      • Gary F

        It’s been out from Alpha news for over 6 months, the big boys just started getting serious about it the last few weeks because they realized they can’t sweep it under the rug.

        • There isn’t anything about that sentence that has even a faint aroma of fact to it.

          Also: Alpha News? Oh, please.

          • Rob

            Aroma. Heh.

    • Rob

      Gosh, it couldn’t be the optics of – and the drone of misogony emanating from – the exclusively old white guy Republicans on the Judicial Committee and their High Priest of Hate that makes younger voters tired. Or could it? Or maybe what makes them tired is that these same thugs plan to ram The Sainted Frat Boy through, regardless of the critical mass of credible allegations against him?

      There are more crappy jobs available in companies where CEOs earn more than 700 times what the average worker makes (and who are also the primary beneficiaries of the Republican tax cuts) than there are people to fill them, student debt is crushing so many people, and homes are becoming unaffordable for millenials. So why, indeed, would socialism have any appeal?

    • JamieHX

      There were no old OR young people who waited to “drop the bomb” of Kavanaugh’s predatory behavior. Read and listen to the real news stories about this (i.e., NOT the heavily slanted versions that Fox and other conservative outlets put out there).

  • MrE85

    I must say, there is more than a little truth in what the oldsters say in this PSA. We old white people really do vote, every time, every election.

    So yes, that was us. But we couldn’t have done it without a lot of people staying home on election day. So it was you, too, nonvoters.

    • Rob

      It wasn’t me. I hate the use of the royal “we.” So, slight correction: It was the oldsters who voted for T.Rump and folks who might have preferred Hillary but didn’t vote who caused the installment of Mini-Me Mussolini. My conscience is clear.

      • MrE85

        I feel I must take some responsibility for my fellow citizens actions, even when they disappoint me. That means owning up to some pretty hard truths. I do this with the belief that we have been making our union more perfect since we created it. We have done the right thing before. We’ll do it again. We will never reach perfection, but if we keep moving toward better, I’ll be proud to call myself an American. Again.