As Millennials, we are far more engaged in the political arena than our predecessors, and we are far more liberal.
We fight for change.
Due to the scope of resources via the Internet and social media, we are activists both in non-profit and private sectors. We are known best for our ability to organize online, transform social entrepreneurship, boycott, and demonstrate.
Yet, many of us don’t vote.
Since 1964, youth voter turnout in presidential elections has fallen below 50%. We flirt with the stereotypical notion of being all throat and no vote, yet grow exhausted of having to constantly explain and defend our humanity.
In order to effect sustainable change, we have to understand the unyielding power of the millennial vote. As the largest generation in American history, our vote is our voice. We have the influence to elect those who have the good of our communities at heart—not only at the presidential level, but also the congressional, Senate and local government offices. Nonetheless we don’t take advantage of our millennial strength—youth voter turnout in non-presidential elections continues to be at 19.9%, its lowest rate since 1966. Additionally, the median age in most mayoral elections is 60 years old. Although we outnumber them, the baby boomer generation determines our potential legislative and political gains.
We have to change.
In order to influence change and fight for solutions like higher minimum wage, ending student debt, and outlawing police brutality—all of which critically rely on local as much as federal policies—we have to harness the power of our millennial vote. We have to get to know who’s running, understand the issues and make informed decisions. Most importantly, we have to pay attention and hold those elected accountable.
There is so much at stake, but change is possible. We are Millennial & Political.
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“The fact is the society is not running itself nicely… because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of young people is imbecile.”
— Alvin Toffler