Entitled, self-indulgent, hyper-sensitive, easily distracted… just a few of the cliché’s that are often associated with the Millennial generation. But depending on who is passing judgement, you may hear traits like ambitious, conscious, passionate, openminded…attributed to the brightest of our young people.
On today’s episode, we’re talking about the youth vote, and the unparalleled influence young voters could … or could not… wield in the 2018 midterms, thereby helping or hindering the hope of more women in office come January. As we close in on the general election, more and more news stories are suggesting the election results could be swayed or ultimately defined by young voters… Now more than ever, according to the Pew Research Center, Millennials – along with their younger post-Millennial friends – are the largest generation in the US Labor Force, and they are quickly moving in on the Baby-boomers as the most populous generation of eligible voters. But it is one thing to be eligible to vote and another thing to actually cast a ballot.
While the headlines about the millennial vote tend to elicit excitement, they are almost inevitably always accompanied by one important caveat… ala “Young voters have the power to change the face congress… but only if they actually show up to the polls in the first place.”
Historically, young people are unreliable voters. Millennials have consistently failed to turn out at the same rate boomers did when they were young. And, as a rule, older voters turn out in higher percentages and that disparity becomes all the more pronounced during non-presidential election years for voters 30 and younger. According to the Pew Research center, millennials are now the most liberal and Democratic-leaning group in the population alive today, with 59 percent identifying or leaning toward the party.
But, Jen McAndrew, Director of Communications at the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University was quick to caution that it was not necessarily productive to attach political labels to voters at such a young and impressionable ages. Why their tendency to lean left? The most logical conclusion is that this population is by its nature exceedingly diverse in culture, race and skin color. This is the generation that will turn the United States to a “majority minority,” within the next three decades.
According to the Washington Post, “About 44 percent of millennials are black, Hispanic, Asian or mixed race. They’re the rainbow created by a modern immigration wave that has brought 60 million newcomers to our shores since 1965, nearly 9 in 10 of them nonwhite.”
Tracy is handing the proverbial baton – or microphone as it were – over to Donna Fazzari. After spending two months in Michigan to help launch the show – she’s heading home. Hear her story, and what direction Run Like A Girl is running as we start the second half of our first season! Also hear her, #NagTheVote! http://NagTheVote.com
In our Candidate Spotlight, meet Morgan Zegers, a 19 year old candidate who is going to instill you with faith and hope in what the future can look like, when young people heed their civic calling.
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