The Nation: How Will the Young Vote?

THEY care." "They don't." "They're apathetic." "No, they're on a rampage." "They will." "They won't." "If they do, they'll go the same way as their parents." "They'll do their own thing."

"They" are the 11.4 million 18-to-20-year-olds now enfranchised, for state and local as well as national elections, by the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified June 30. What "they" will or will not do is register and vote. Anti-Nixon enrollment drummers organizing rallies under such titles as "Countdown '72," "Register for a New America" and "Register for Peace" offer some interesting arithmetic. If...

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