In July, a Gallup survey listed statistics stating that many of the younger eligible voters didn’t know where to find the information they would need to participate in this year’s election, leading many to believe that the voter turnout for the younger generation would be low.

In 2016, the total count of votes by the post-millennial generation (born after 1996) was around three million and 31 million for millennials born from 1981 to 1996. As of Oct. 29, over six million voters under the age of 30 have already voted. 

A survey conducted by CNN shows 51% of registered voters ages 18 to 34 say they are extremely or very enthusiastic to vote in 2020 compared to the 30% that was excited to vote in 2016. 

Since the last presidential election, Texas has registered 1.9 million new voters and while being registered to vote does not guarantee an actual vote, this election is proving to be one of the most participated in history. 

Data posted on Oct. 27 by Tufts College shows that early youth vote ages 18-29 in Texas is already at 1,002,000 for the 2020 election, compared to 1,219,677 votes received in the 2016 presidential election, including early voting and day of voting- 

Georgia is also promising a significant participation increase by younger voters, as 383,500 ballots have been returned early compared to the 596,031 total votes cast in 2016.

Many factors are contributing to this surge in youth participation, but one of the largest may be attributed to COVID-19. 

Four out of five (79%) young people say that the coronavirus pandemic has helped them realize how much political leaders’ decisions impact their lives,” the Gallup poll found.

Not only have younger voters already returned their ballot, but they are also doing more to spread awareness of what their vote means by sharing information on social media accounts by posting photos and using #YouthVote to brag about their participation. 

The tag #VoteEarly has also been trending and shared amongst many influencers and celebrities helping users who click on it find more information on how to cast their vote.

Written ByKarissa Leuschen

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