Is there a cure for voter apathy?

October 23, 2018 07:13 PM

QUEENSBURY - If only young people realized what a difference they could make.

"Millennials make up a huge voting population and we need to use it," said Connor Hughes, an Adirondack Community College student from Schuylerville.


Millennials are those born between 1981 and 1996. They are the country's largest, and most racially diverse bloc of eligible voters. And yet, according to census data, they have cast fewer ballots than any other age group in every midterm election for the last 40 years.

"I've been eligible to vote for about two years now, so I voted in every election," said Jessica Martin, an ACC student from Ballston Spa.

And Gabrielle Manley from Salem believes the times -- they are a changing.

"Progressively younger people are getting better at it," she said. "Which is nice."

Wendy Johnston is an associate professor of political science at ACC. She says she's encouraged because voter registration on the Queensbury campus is up eight percent this year.

"An informed citizenry is really key to a democracy," she asserted. "I don't think they realize, specifically, this generation numbers-wise rivals the baby boomers."

"If we don't vote, then we don't really have a say," Jessica Martin pointed out. "And it's important that we actually have a say."

"I don't like how things are currently going on," Gabrielle Manley added. "I'm really unhappy with the people that are in charge of the country and I want to get them out."

And if the American political landscape changes, most pundits believe it'll be up to the younger voters to do it.


Dan Levy

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