The reason for the inactivity of the youth in U.S. politics is detachment. Detachment is an actual political strategy used to dilute the voter count. The way this is done is by allowing the representation of the people to go unnoticed. That is not to say that politicians are not a representative of the voter but it is to say that the voter does not see the connection. http://left-flank.org/2013/10/31/anti-politics-elephant-room/ Allowing the people to slip out of the vote due to apathy helps the corrupt politicians stay in power because the electorates will side with the politician. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_%28United_States%29 The popular vote does matter because if a representative does not go by the public’s decision then their career could be lost come next election.