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Students at Penn State University line up to vote in the 2016 presidential election.

Most college students are concerned about the legitimacy of the election

While most college students say they plan to vote this fall, they also lack confidence in the legitimacy of the 2020 election, a recent poll found.

The survey, released Monday by the Knight Foundation, details election concerns and voting preferences of Americans ages 18-24. Seven in 10 college students said they are "absolutely certain" they will vote in the general election, but they also pointed to concerns about how it will be conducted and fairness in the results.

Young people are a powerful, but often unreliable, voting bloc. In surveys, they are enthusiastic about participating in elections, but in reality, many find the voting process confusing or face barriers when trying to cast their ballot.

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Three quarters of Generation Z cite social media as the preferred platform to receive information.

A perfect '20 storm: Lack of both civic engagement and media literacy

Farrell is the co-founder and CEO of Bites Media, a news and information company targeted to educators and students in middle and high school.

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A poll found more than three-quarters of people under 35 are motivated to vote in this year's election.

Poll: Young people want to vote by mail, but don't know how to do it

Young people are more inclined than ever to vote by mail in this year's election, but a new poll shows a majority of them lack the resources and knowledge to do so.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, half the states have already adjusted their general election plans to emphasize mail-in voting or otherwise make casting ballots easier and safer. But a poll, released last week by the progressive youth voter engagement group NextGen America, indicates a significant lack of familiarity with the absentee voting process among voters younger than 35.

The survey is the latest indication that an optimistic expectation which surfaces every four years — the leaders of tomorrow are finally going to turn out in great numbers and cast the decisive votes for president — may be dashed once again.

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