A Place For Young Americans in Politics

Madison Carral, Editor

Nationwide election day for midterms on November 6 called into question whether or not younger generations will get to the polls and vote for the offices at hand. There was a  higher turnout than in previous years, but will there continue to be enough to represent the interests of the future leaders of America?

Statistically, the Baby Boomer generation born from 1946-1964 remains the largest generation to vote, according to Pew Research Center (PWC). With boomers having aged opinions and views, I think it is time that those experiencing their lives in the modern century permanently take the voter turnout majority and shape the nation to fit to the changing needs of the country.

There are clear generational gaps between the younger and old living in America.  For instance, Baby Boomers tend to have more positive views on the highly controversial President Trump. The Millennial generation, born from 1981-1996, and the latter half of Generation Z, born from 1997-2012, are less approving.

Those on the younger spectrum of voter eligibility also tend to lean or lie with the left of politics rather than the right. With a Republican controlled congress and policies of the right taking root, voter turnout in midterms will have a lasting impact on the future of how America is run.

In this past election, there was a tremendous increase in younger age voters.. Without consistency like so in the future, it is more than likely that our government will return to older age politics and continue to push into place debated policies.

Being content with aged voters carrying the majority will not do the nation any good. Put simply, a country cannot move forward if those with a mindset in the past are planning for the future. Change is needed for America to prosper in modernizing times. Millennials and Generation Z must prioritize politics to secure their own livelihood in coming years.