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Why these Kentucky voters feel totally indifferent about casting their ballot

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will finally face off in Kentucky’s primary today, but not all voters in The Bluegrass State are looking forward to it. In fact, many are simply indifferent.

“I feel like it’s important for me to exercise my right, being 19 and being a female,” Autumn Robinson, a rising college junior, told Fusion’s Eric Herbst. “But I have no idea who to vote for. I don’t particularly care for any of the candidates.”

People like Robinson don’t seem to be the exception. A recent Pew study showed that while young voters—adults ages 18 to 35—make up over 30% of the voting-eligible population, and therefore have the potential for enormous political clout this election, voter turnout among this group is declining rapidly. As the study shows, these young people “remain far from the largest generational bloc of actual voters.”

So what’s behind all this indifference and ultimately those no-shows at the voting booths? Fusion was in Kentucky ahead of the state’s democratic primary to find out.

 

Why these Kentucky voters feel totally indifferent about casting their ballot

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will finally face off in Kentucky’s primary today, but not all voters in The Bluegrass State are looking forward to it. In fact, many are simply indifferent.

“I feel like it’s important for me to exercise my right, being 19 and being a female,” Autumn Robinson, a rising college junior, told Fusion’s Eric Herbst. “But I have no idea who to vote for. I don’t particularly care for any of the candidates.”

People like Robinson don’t seem to be the exception. A recent Pew study showed that while young voters—adults ages 18 to 35—make up over 30% of the voting-eligible population, and therefore have the potential for enormous political clout this election, voter turnout among this group is declining rapidly. As the study shows, these young people “remain far from the largest generational bloc of actual voters.”

So what’s behind all this indifference and ultimately those no-shows at the voting booths? Fusion was in Kentucky ahead of the state’s democratic primary to find out.

 

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