If you’re among the 86 percent of people who currently disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, then you better have a gigantic red circle on your calendar marking Election Day.
But if you’re under 30, there’s about a 75 percent chance you don’t plan to vote on Nov. 4. Without a presidential race to stoke interest and mobilize voters, turnout this November will likely be down significantly from 2012. That’s a huge missed opportunity considering every member of the House of Representatives is currently up for reelection, the majority of the Senate is at stake, and 36 governors’ offices are up for grabs.
Young voters arguably have the most to gain from mobilizing in the often-ignored midterm elections. Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—make up one-fourth of the American electorate this year. The millennial generation is also the most diverse generation in American history, with radically different views on issues that are typically political lightning rods—like marriage equality, reproductive health, and immigration—than older voters.
And yet the millennial generation, which includes more than 46 million people, has nowhere near the level of recognized political clout as the 39 million senior voters over the age of 65.
Read more on the Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/campaign/222475-engaging-post-partisan-millennials