Youth Game-Changers in Elections

Sept. 27, 2011, 3:23 p.m.

On September 26th, Kevan Harris wrote "Youth Game-Changers in Elections", a brief report featured by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Harris explains the role of youth vote in Iran historically and in the upcoming 2012 parliamentary elections, citing the importance of the activist generation in particular. Harris continues to cover the effect of current political and economic issues on Iran's baby boom generation and in turn, the impact on elections and voting mindsets.

The debate for the 2012 parliamentary elections is largely about participation versus boycott.  A central issue is whether voting in the election in turn bestows legitimacy on the entire political system.  It is the subject of many conversations at dinner tables, coffee houses, and hookah bars all over Iran.  People generally make up their minds about whether or not to vote right before the elections.

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