NLC NYC Class of 2014 Fellow, Joelle Gamble on the need for increased millennial participation in the election processed. Published on Huffington Post College on December 9, 2014.
A recent podcast by The Economist asserted that young people do not turn out in non-Presidential years because they do not have "skin in the game." They're wrong. We most certainly do. While there is recorded disinvestment in midterm elections by young people, many factors contribute to lower youth turnout in midterm elections: unstable voting addresses, ill-targeting by campaign teams, and voter access restrictions, to name a few.
However, a hard reality is often overlooked: This generation wants to find meaningful ways of democratic participation. We have disengaged from our crumbling civic institutions; yet, we have the energy and ideas to rebuild them. The midterm election was the opposite of the kind of politics we value; there were no new ideas, endless fear-mongering, and blaming the other for the political challenges our country faces, not to mention increased restrictions on voting in many key states. As a result, voters between the ages of 18 to 29 voted at a very low rate on Nov. 4. With this kind of atmosphere roiling in our electoral process, it is no wonder we do not see voting as a meaningful avenue of participation, even though we should.
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