It's Time to Vote. But Will We?

There was an electricity on Election Days in Connecticut in the 1950's and 60's. Each city's wards buzzed with news of who had voted and who had to be called to remind them to vote, said Bill Donohue, a 69-year-old New Haven resident.
 
But people who follow elections in the state don't hold young people entirely to blame for the decline in participation. They point to other factors, including the overall decline in community participation, the weakening of political parties and unions, and the government scandals that have left voters jaded.
 
"Political parties have weakened," said Miles S. Rapoport, a former Connecticut secretary of state who is now president of Demos, a nonprofit organization in Manhattan working on issues of political participation and poverty. "You don't have the kind of ward and precinct system you used to see."