The folks in charge of Fairfax County, Virginia have been perplexed in recent days. They've been trying to figure out why college students have not been sending back their absentee ballots.

So the county decided to hold a focus group to find out why -- and the answer could very well shake your confidence in western civilization.

It seems the number one reason why college students did not return their absentee ballots is because they didn't know where to buy postage stamps.

I'm going to let you process that bit of information for just a moment.

"Students will go through the process of applying for a mail-in absentee ballot, they will fill out the ballot, and then, they don't know where to get stamps," county spokesperson Lisa Connors told WTOP radio. "That seems to be a like a hump that they can't get across."

A number of college interns were reportedly part of the focus group and they all agreed they get stumped when it comes to buying stamps.

"Across the board, they were all nodding and had a very spirited conversation about 'Oh yeah, I know so many people who didn't send theirs in because they didn't have a stamp,'" Connors told the radio station.

It's bad enough that we are raising a generation of youngsters who can't write in cursive or use a rotary dial telephone or read a road map. So what discernible skills are we teaching these kids?

"So as an older person that is astounding, but not so surprising as a mother of a 14-year-old," one local resident told Fox 5 in Washington. "I think it's actually a failing on the election committee. They need to do better research and accommodate that."

Others agreed - pointing out that it's even getting harder to find a mail box to mail a letter.

"It's like cursive writing," one gentleman told the television station. "We don't do cursive writing anymore. You get into technology, you get away from the things that got us where we are."

So how are we supposed to educate the next generation on where to purchase their postage stamps?

"Put it on Facebook," one man said. "They'll get it."

And once they purchase the stamp, imagine that moment of self-discovery when they realize they're going to have to lick it, too.