The bad thing about this post is that I am a millennial. Not according to my best friend though because she says I turned 91 this year sooooooo in your face people! #soadult
The election is just around the corner, people have registered to vote, they’ve been having their Facebook arguments, and yet, there is little hope that the millennials will cast their ballot.
“Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation,” according to population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Millennials are defined as those ages 18-34 in 2015. According to Jamison Foser, writer for NextGen Climate, people in that age range can influence the elections but only if they are motivated to vote.
Although the millennial generation is the largest generation since the Baby Boomers came of age, the only way they can affect the election is if they go to the voting booths and cast their ballot.
Since the millennials have grown in voting age it gives them a significant influence over American culture and politics according to Foser.
According to an article written in May by NPR, “Millennials continue to have the lowest voter turnout of any age group. Only about 46 percent voted in the last presidential election.”
During this Presidential Campaign one of the biggest encouragements for the candidates was to boost their reach toward the millennial generation in order to receive more votes on Election Day.
Organizations such as the nonprofit group Rock the Vote have been influencing people since 1990 to get out and vote on Election Day. According to their website, Rock the Vote is the largest nonprofit and nonpartisan organization in the United States driving the youth vote to the polls. In over 25 years of operation they have looked for ways to make voting easier for young adults.
Perhaps, as millennials get older, the next few elections can expect a rise in voter participation.
Side Note: I am eager to see what the research looks like after the election in regards to millennials voting. I will do an update post to this once those numbers are in.