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Wes Crenshaw: Young Voters

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Less than half of under-30's are registered to vote in the United States. What does it take to get young people to the polls and what drives them away? On this edition of Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw and two young adults talk with host Steve Kraske about the voting habits of teens and young adults. We look at the disconnect some feel between themselves and their legislators, and why many just aren't into politics.


  • Dr. Wes Crenshaw is a board certified family psychologist and author of I Always Want to Be Where I'm Not: Successful Living with ADD and ADHD
  • Katie Guyot a former co-author of the Double Take advice column at kcur.org and a sophomore at Kenyon College in Ohio.
  • Kenneth Palmer a senior at Free State High School in Lawrence, Kansas. 

For information on how to register to vote and for non-partisan voter guides, you can contact the League of Women Voters at http://www.lwv.org or http://www.vote411.org


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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.