Here’s What’s Happening With Voter Registration Among Young People Since Parkland.
By Parker Molloy ~ Upworthy
Historically, politicians have ignored youth voices because they don’t show up to the polls. But new data shows that might be changing.
When it comes to voting, younger adults aren’t exactly known for their reliability, especially when compared with older populations. In 2016, the Census Bureau notes just 46.1% of Americans between ages 18 and 29 reported voting (58.7% of people 30 to 44, 66.6% of people 45 to 64, and 70.9% of citizens over 65 reported voting).
Knowing this, you almost can’t blame politicians for putting the interests of older generations ahead of issues that might have more of an effect on the young, such as climate change. But there’s reason to believe the youth are waking up, and they understand this is their country. If they want to shape the future, they need to participate in the democratic process.
What makes 2018 different from other years? It might just be the response to the Feb. 14, 2018, Parkland school shooting.
A data analysis from TargetSmart published July 19, 2018, found that voter registration among people ages 18 to 29 has had a pretty substantial spike since the Parkland shooting.