WASHINGTON POST - Nov 3 - Emily Myers has been kicked off Tinder. She was trying to register people to vote. But sending spam, campaigning or nudging people toward external websites is not allowed on Tinder. And after several days of swiping and messaging men that they should visit Vote.org to check on their registration status, Myers discovered her Tinder account was locked. Discussing political opinions with a potential mate "used to be so unsexy," says Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director of CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. "Now it's almost uncool to talk about unpolitical things. If you're not voting and you don't have that 'I voted' sticker, it's embarrassing." It could also keep you from getting a date. Voter turnout in midterm elections is typically low, especially among young people. In 2014, ~20% of Americans ages 18 to 29 cast a ballot, according to data from CIRCLE. For the upcoming midterms, CIRCLE notes that 34% of 18-to-24-year-olds say they're "extremely likely" to vote.
by Lisa Bonos
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