COLUMBUS, Ga. – Millennials are now neck-and-neck with baby boomers when it comes to the number of registered voters. Many people ages 18-35 are voting in record numbers. Muscogee County Elections Supervisors say they’ve seen more than 25,000 people take advantage of early voting. Of those voters, many are younger voters, some voting for the very first time.
Some research suggests that the number of registered millennial voters is expected to surpass that of baby boomers. Community activist Marquese “Skinny” Averett believes having a stake in the political process is sparking the spike in younger voters.
“They’re the ones who will have to deal with the decision that we make today,” Averett said. “We’re seeing right now: the people are excited. They’re turning out in numbers because this is a very important election. And millennials are particularly excited because they’re hearing their issues talked about.”
Averett says millennials must do more though than simply vote. To enact change, he believes young people need to contribute to campaigns financially, as well as tell others in their community to follow suit.
Among some of the top concerns of millennials surveyed at the Citizens Service Center Tuesday: cyber security, voting rights, and the economy, especially when it comes to paying for school.