It’s a question thrown around throughout the marathon election campaign: Where is the youth vote?
Vancouver native Kyle McCachen’s documentary “The Drop, Why Young People Don’t Vote” interviewed hundreds of people across the country, and in the U-S.
“The first thing that we heard when we asked people was they didn’t think that their vote mattered for whatever reason. They thought they were just one drop in a bucket, or you can’t mention politics. But as soon as we started asking people for their real opinion, we always got so much more in-depth answers. So we knew that there was more going on then feeling like they didn’t matter.”
McCachen says their documentary aimed to illustrate that young voters were more than merely just drops in a bucket, and that the best way to get the younger generation involved are to have conversations about the issues that matter to them.
“I think the word ‘politics’ is funny. It’s like swimming in molasses. You don’t want to get into it, it’s just sticky and yucky. But the young generation, they absolutely do care about the world.”
Kyle McCachen says having conversations with youth about issues that matter to them is one way to re-engage them in politics, but going forward politicians will need to be more accessible, too.
“You’re going to see connectivity and I don’t mean an open democracy where people are going to vote on every single issue. I do think we’re going to see more open governments and accessibility to policies that are being debated. I mean there’s some really big things that are happening on a global scale right now.”
McCachen hopes his documentary can play a role going forward on how to get youth more involved.