Originally published on February 24, 2016 by Asthma Khalid on NPR.
As the presidential race shifted to Nevada with Democratic caucuses last week and Republican caucuses Tuesday night, more young voters had a chance to chime in to the political process. Nevada is a state with a huge young, diverse population.
But there is the perennial question: Do young people matter in politics?
In every recent election, you've probably heard some iteration of the same generational critique: "Young people don't vote."
Millennials (born between 1982 and 2000, according to the Census definition) are the largest generation in the country. With an estimated population of 83.1 million, they now outnumber baby boomers. But, in the last election, they had the lowest voter turnout of any age group.
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