Young people can cancel out old people’s votes

The latest polls have Ben McAdams more or less even -- or even ahead -- in Utah’s 4th Congressional District, and Shireen Ghorbani behind in the 2nd District but not out of range of a major upset if turnout is unusually high.

It would be a shame if either or both fall short of defeating their Republican rivals because thousands of young people couldn't be bothered to vote — and in this of all elections, inescapably in large part a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency.

If you are similarly distressed and know a young person who says “What's the point?” or “What's one vote more or less?”, make it personal.

Tell them: "That older guy down the street who watches Hannity every night and hangs on Trump's every nasty tweet? You can bet he'll be voting — for Stewart or Love. But if you also vote, you can have the satisfaction of knowing his vote is now canceled, zeroed out, gone. Whatever else happens, you have blocked a Trump supporter, while at the same time doing your duty as a citizen. And who knows, if your friends and their friends, and on and on, can be persuaded to do the same, maybe your vote really will make a difference this time."

Bill Dooley, Salt Lake City