No, this is not an article from the Onion.
According to a focus group study held in Fairfax County, Virginia college students fail to complete their absentee ballots because they can’t figure out where or how to buy stamps.
WTOP reports Lisa Connors with the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs said that members of the focus group told researchers, “they knew lots of people who did not send in their ballots because it was too much of a hassle or they didn’t know where to get a stamp.”
“Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited conversation about ‘Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn’t send theirs in because they didn’t have a stamp,’” said Conners.
Kate Hanley, the Fairfax County Electoral Board secretary, also told WTOP, “We’re really working on information to get the college students to be able to actually vote where they’re registered and vote absentee because it’s very confusing and it has a lot of pieces that can sort of go wrong in the middle of it.”
If you’re in college and not smart enough to figure out where to buy a stamp, you probably shouldn’t be voting.
I’m glad we abolished poll taxes but tbh if you’re *in college* and can’t figure out *how to google* where to buy stamps (or how to drop off your ballot at the supervisor of elections office), I’m having trouble feeling sympathetic. https://t.co/F2aEegnR5r
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) September 19, 2018
Are you kidding me? Don’t these millennials know about the post office? Sometimes, technology makes things way more difficult than it has to be.
— Kenneth Wells (@kentesswel) September 18, 2018
You’re telling me you can’t buy a stamp on campus?? No college student has ever had to mail ANYTHING?? I’m having a hard time with this.
— Lauren (@LillianLauren) September 18, 2018
My son and daughter are both college age and they both know how to buy stamps and send mail. It’s called life off of the internet skills. 🤦🏻♀️
— Jennifer Furlong (@speechteach912) September 18, 2018