With the polls in for the 2016 election it has been found that the age group for voting is now forty-five years old and older according to an article written by Hope Yen who writes for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Yen states that the the older bloomers are voting more than the younger or mid-life ages. “At the same time, 12 states primarily in the fast-growing South and West -- including Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Georgia, Texas and North Carolina -- had increases of at least one-third in their 45-64 age group, which include mostly baby boomers. Those states' median ages were somewhat lower due to immigration of Hispanics, who are more likely to raise families, and movement of young adults into their states.” This is better compared to most of the States, but it is not all it turns out to be. This is still a very high age to vote. So the question is raised “How can we raise this age?” Many reasons that people do not vote is because of the misconceptions associated with it. According to many people they think their vote doesn’t matter. According to an article written by Matthew Silvas, he states “This is, in my opinion, the biggest excuse and misconception about our democracy. In the grand scheme of things, you're right, you're vote doesn't matter because there are millions of other citizens voting. However, it seems that more and more people are thinking this way, and that can start a dangerous trend of nobody voting for the person that will affect your daily life and actions. So, it does matter. It matters because you are expressing a freedom and right as an American citizen that other nations kill, literally kill for. It matters because if you do not vote, you really have zero standing to talk about how "crappy" our government functions. I cannot handle people who explode into a rant that goes something like, "The president is such an idiot, he passes legislation that I don't agree with... blah, blah, blah." Then, I ask them if they voted in the last elections, and they say "no." Well then, shut up! Please, don't be that person, express this right to vote and embrace it as an American.” Many people in the world do not have this right. If you can vote in the 2016 please do!