Millennials and politics
By: Joey Flayler
Millennial: Individuals born between 1982 and 2004.
Midterm Election: The election of new Senators and House of Representatives that happens at the midpoint of every Presidential Term.
Primaries: A set of elections that take place during the Spring to appoint candidates for each political party.
Political Parties: A group of people with shared political views.
Millennials and their impact on politics is the focus of the student-run publication DailyFlipz.com at Wright State University this fall. Issues on the minds of many Americans locally and nationally will be in the crosshairs as the reporters dive deep into the realm of politics in the midst of the midterm election season.
The percentage of young voters in the 2016 election increased by 6 percent compared to the results of the previous midterm election in 2014, according to results from CNN. Young voter turnout is on the rise as the number of older generations fall off. The number of voters 65 and older dropped 6 percent from 2014 to 2016.
According to Dr. Lee Hannah, a professor of political science at WSU, Millennials will have more of an impact as their numbers increase.
“It’s critical in two ways,” he said of the millennial vote. “One, by voting, millennials get to have a say in who governs them. Two, candidates pay attention to statistics about millennial participation. Candidates disproportionately target people whom they think will actually vote - so right now, the scale is tipped towards older voters.”
Millennials made up 19 percent of the voting population in 2016, according to the Rock the Vote organization.
Millennials are gaining an impact on today’s politics.
“It is this age that is on the front lines of political campaigns working as interns and staffers for congressional, statewide, and local races.” Hannah said. “Moreover, many millennials are actually running for office now.”
The millennials at DailyFlipz.com will be reporting on everything from the legalization of marijuana and opioid addiction to gentrification and local campaigns. Follow #MillennialsImpactPolitics and DailyFlipz.com for compelling stories that will be brought to life with images, videos and graphics all semester long.