The Millennial Vote

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of eligble Millennial voters is steadily growing and almost equal to the number of eleigible Baby Boomer voters.  According to this article on the Pew Research Center website, millennials have already exceeded the amount of Baby Boomers still living and the number of eligible voters will soon surpass the Baby Boomers.

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In this research Millennials are defined as people born between the years of 1981 and 1998. Other generations are defined in the image below.

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The Millennial vote could be one that has a huge effect on the outcome of an election, if they simply went out and used their vote.  The number of eligible Millennial voters definitely could be very influential.  However, they haven’t voted in as large of numbers as older generations.

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There is a lot of data in the article that supports the researcher’s statement that says “While it might be a ‘slam-dunk’ that Millennials soon will be the largest generation in the electorate, it will likely be a much longer time before they are the largest bloc of voters.” (Fry).

If only Millennial voters used their vote, myself included, there could be an actual change. From what I’ve seen, a lot of younger voters feel like their vote doesn’t really matter and that their vote won’t affect anything.  However, if they could be convinced otherwise, Millennials definitely have a shot at making their vote matter and their voice heard.

 

References

Fry, Richard. “Millennials Match Baby Boomers as Largest Generation in U.S. Electorate, but Will They Vote?” Pew Research Center RSS. N.p., 2016. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.

Featured image courtesy of http://www.willistonian.org/power-in-numbers-millennial-voting/ and all tables/charts within article courtesy of the Pew Research Center website. 

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