I'm 16 years old, so (at least where I am) I can't vote yet. If I could vote, I would be a "single-issue voter"; there is one political issue that is, to me, more important than any other. Is there a word or phrase for someone like me, who would be a single-issue voter, but can't vote?


Joe, a [this word or phrase], believes that [issue] is the most important political issue in [country] today, but is not eligible to vote, so he donates to [political organization] instead.

  • Dear 16-year old: I believe you have it. A single issue-voter. If I were your age, I most definitely but not donate to political parties/entities. Only to environmental ones. Cheers.
    – Lambie
    Oct 14, 2022 at 18:21
  • ...unless your party is a single-issue party. The first [this word or phrase] is sometimes minor although the definition varies by jurisdiction. Oct 14, 2022 at 18:24
  • @WeatherVane "minor" doesn't imply having single-issue opinions. The scenario would be the same if I was an adult non-naturalized immigrant. And no, I'm not a member of a single issue party (I've already registered to vote).
    – Someone
    Oct 14, 2022 at 18:36
  • Indeed "minor" implies too young to vote, sorry if that was unclear. I don't know a word for "a single-issue supporter who is too young to vote" and the sample sentence isn't phrased as though there is. If such a word is supposed to go in the [first placeholder] the sentence repeats what was already said. Oct 14, 2022 at 18:37
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    A would-be single-issue voter. Oct 14, 2022 at 22:10

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It doesn't imply that you can't vote, but single issue supporter seems apt:

I don’t care about the rest of his platform. I’m a single issue supporter now. I support all candidates that support #Reparations regardless of party.
@thedrhistorian on Twitter

The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act is now law, but Shepard is not a single-issue supporter of the gay community.
Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage

There are, of course, many reasons why a person might not be able to vote: too young, not a resident, being convicted of a crime — or even not being a white landowning man in the US in ages past. In the quote from Obama and the Gays, it seems like Shepard does vote (when there's an election), but is going above and beyond to get multiple bits of legislation adopted.

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