With the elections being in the hands of a generation that is more diverse and more educated than previous generations, millennials can shape the future of America.

The 2014 midterms had the lowest voter turnout since the 1942 midterms, and young people were the lowest voting bloc during those midterms. With results of 2014 and what America is going through now, it’s worrisome the largest voting bloc for 2018 are millennials.

After the 2014 and 2016 elections, millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers as the largest voting bloc, and most diverse voting bloc than any other generation. Millennials are the key to shape America after 2018 and beyond.

With the elections being in the hands of a generation that is more diverse and more educated than previous generations, millennials can shape the future of America.

Ah Millennials!

What it will come down to, this election season, is turnout among every demographic and age group. However, it’s the youth turnout which will matter more because this election will send the nation forward or backward.

Baby boomers were the generation to shape the nation for 40 years, unfortunately, they have failed to keep up with the times and changes in generations. As a millennial, being part of this epic moment in history carries a lot of pressure because we are the generation who will have to keep up with the times.

The failure of the baby boomers and Gen X’ers not keeping up with the times are two reasons for the massive polarization in our nation and politics.

“You’re seeing millennial voters really leading now and millennial voters really taking the reins of this democracy and starting to drive it in the right direction,” said Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey.

During the Alabama Senate race in December 2017, it was a contentious battle between Senator Doug Jones and Roy Moore, more importantly the outreach to millennials was a big part in why Doug Jones won the Senate race along with a heavily black female turnout.

Using text messaging, attending tailgates at Universities, heavily knocking doors to mobilize millennial turnout worked in red Alabama. The Senate race was a test drive for the 2018 midterms and we are seeing that it’s working in highly contested races across the nation.

All About that Turnout...

A major challenge for the 2018 midterms is turnout. Turnout is the only effort needed at this point for millennials to change the nation and the current state of government. Furthermore, turnout for the millennial generation will indicate if this is the generation who will lead in elections in the future. Not only that, turnout is critical for the 2018 midterms due to the domestic and foreign issues which have cost our nation our hegemonic status in the world.

In many blogs, I constantly state the 2014 midterms were the lowest since the 1942 midterms. The 2014 midterms were the most disastrous elections in our nation’s history. The low turnout among the youth has many political operatives, political scientists and analysts questioning whether the youth will turnout in the 2018 midterms. As a millennial, who regularly participates in the political process, the concern of my generation turnout is valid.

History has shown, the youth turnout is low and the elections of 2014 and 2016 are why political analysts are tapping into the millennial generation and why millennials are actively involved in this election cycle. Does it mean millennials will turn out? The nation will find out November 6.🔷



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