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The third in an occasional series that shows how the most numerous older generation in history may be lording it over the younger generations like never before. Today, a look at electoral apathy, but why it may not be the fault of the younger voters.

According to a study from the Resolution Foundation, only 46% of people eligible to vote in the last general election, and aged between 16 and 24, did vote. But among the 50 to 69-year-old category, around two-thirds of people voted.

In 1992, 74% of 21 to 35-year-olds voted, by 2007 that number was down to 47%.

So what has happened since the early 1990s?

The millennial generation can complain that government policy might be geared to favour older citizens, but if they don’t vote, they can hardly complain.

But there is a possible explanation.

The millennial generation and their slightly older peers are perhaps the most mobile generation in history – or at least for a very long time. They live in rented accommodation, which may mean they move far more frequently than in an era when many younger people owned their home.

And when the address you are registered to vote from is different from where you live, things get complicated.

This is not the only reason, of course, voter apathy is a factor too.

But if the government wants to fix the problem of not enough younger people voting, it needs to make it easier for people who move every few months.

See also: The tyranny of the baby boomers, part one: the income divide

and The tyranny of the baby boomers, part two: the return of ounces