The Accidental Motivator : Florida 's Marijuana Ballot Initiative 's Impact On The Youth Vote

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Young voters aged 18-24 are historically less likely to cast a vote in elections. The percentage of youth who vote is almost little to nothing compared to the percentage of older individuals who turn out to vote. Why is that? Why don 't young people vote? Is there some motivator that would cause a young person to vote? Single issue voting has increasingly become a popular trend in America, could that be a motivator? Robert Winsler’s "The Accidental Motivator: Florida 's Medicinal Marijuana Ballot Initiative 's Impact on the Youth Vote," sought out to understand whether a single issue and preconceived beliefs on certain topics such as marijuana could be that motivator. Winsler’s study specifically involves Florida 's 2014 Amendment 2 election, the medical marijuana ballot initiative. This study pertains to a particular age group that is in need of voter turnout. Using pizza as an incentive, the units in this experiment are fourteen 18-24-year-old undergraduate students at a public university in Florida. These students are registered to vote in Florida. These students anonymity was assured. 7 of those participants were females, and seven were male, two African Americans, 11 white people, and one Hispanic. In this experiment single issue voting and preconceived beliefs about an issue is the independent variable; this is the independent variable I will be using in my term paper. The way the researcher operationalizes the independent variable is by setting up a…

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