Since the 1970s, the turnout rate for young people is almost always far lower than the turnout rate overall and historically more depressed than any other voting age group. Midterms are notably worse for young voter turnout with less than 20% of registered young people voting.
What many people may not know, is that if young people had a significant voter turnout, they could be an incredible political voting force. According to bookings.edu, young millennial voting from ages 18 – 29 can make up about 50% of the voting population.
“I deeply regret not getting involved into politics earlier. During the 2016 election, I just sorta didn’t care,” Said Cesar Hueramo, a student at Sacramento City College. “My ignorance to voting allowed for a candidate I deeply dislike to be in office. That won’t happen again.”
But the voter turnout for young people is going up. The midterms elections had a 188% surge of the young vote compared that of 2014. One of the most notable polls was the one in Texas with Beto O’rourke and Ted Cruz. According to the Hill.com, there were five times as many young voters that came out to vote for Beto.
As we approach the 2020 presidential election, it will be interesting to see how the youth voter turnout will be considering we are seeing a rise of young people being active in politics compared to other generations of young people.
Click below to watch a video about the youth speaking on this issue.