Chicken-Fried News: Online politics

The world of politics is a complicated place, and young Oklahomans are keeping their distance.

If there’s one way to grab the attention of a millennial, it’s by using the word “online.” Young adults will do anything if they can do it on their MacBook from the comfort of their own bed, and State Senator David Holt knows it.

In an effort to simplify voter registration, Holt introduced a bill into law giving the Oklahoma Election Board authorization to implement an online registration process beginning Nov. 1. He hopes this will combat the 40-percent drop over the last decade of registered voters ages 18-24.

Perhaps the online process will encourage young people to register, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll vote when Election Day rolls around. A registered voter is not synonymous with an interested voter, and the truth is young people just aren’t interested in politics.

“I think a lot of it is just political disillusionment. It feels like the races have all been determined before they start,” 22-year-old Vanessa Sweet told Tulsa World.

We admire your effort, Senator Holt, but it’s going to take much more than an online registration process to convince youngsters to vote.

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