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Generation Z, millennials cast their ballots for the first time on Election Day

Historically, young voter turnout is much lower than seasoned voters, but data from early voting may show a new trend.

News 12 Staff

Nov 3, 2020, 11:09 PM

Updated 1,324 days ago

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For the first time ever, Generation Z and millennials make up the largest block of eligible voters in America, according to Pew Research Center.
But when it comes to actually voting, their numbers have fallen short.
Micha Miranda, 32, says politics didn't interest her until George Floyd. Miranda is a rising community activist in the city of Newburgh.
"Everything is at stake," says Miranda.
In a voting sense, Generation Z is made up of people ages 18 to 24, while millennials are ages 25 to 39.
And they are both very different from their parents, being more diverse, progressive, and pro-government, according to the Pew Research Center.
Tanya Sutherland, of Newburgh, also decided it was time to make a difference in this historic election.
"This election is very important for my generation," says Sutherland. "There's some important issues for young adults like me."
Voters now more than ever want their voices heard on national issues like the pandemic, the economy and civil rights.
Historically, young voter turnout is much lower than seasoned voters, but record-high turnouts for both early and absentee voting may show otherwise this year.
Legislator Kevindaryan Lujan says he has spent weeks helping to register new voters in Newburgh.
"It's the first time in a long time that I've seen this level of enthusiasm," says Lujan.
As for the first time, this younger group of eligible voters outnumbers the generations before them. But being eligible to vote and showing up at the polls are two different things, and that remains to be seen.


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