The Washington Post reports that: The single best predictor of whether a person will vote when first eligible and will later become a lifelong voter comes down to one discreet action by that person’s parent: Whether that parent voted in the presidential election just before their child could vote. That's one major influencer. According to the study referenced, parents don't necessarily need to be politically active, they just need to embrace the idea that voting is a privilege and responsibility, particularly just prior to the child's first vote. Research has consistently shown that once that first vote is cast, a person is far more likely to keep voting. So, regardless of your political views and affiliations, the most important thing is that we all exercise our right to vote, and by doing so, we encourage the next generation to do the same. Voting does matter!