Politics were all the rage last week, and despite elections not heading the direction I was praying for (*cough* I was really looking forward to that Blue Wave), Millennials and women showed up in record numbers and I couldn’t be prouder of my generation. With the highest turnout rate for midterm elections since the 1960s, an estimated 31% of young voters showed up at the polls, a 55% increase since the 2014 midterm elections.
Even before the Election Day, young voters recognized their power to make a difference and fight for what they want in their leaders. Early voting in 19 states already exceeded 2014 midterm voter turnout, with approximately 25.5 million Americans already casting their ballots.
Democrats took over the House of Representatives, and young voters and women around the country joined together to show their disapproval of the Trump White House.
But why are the majority of millennials not connecting with the Republican party?
As the largest generation and massive growing portion of the workforce in the United States, Millennials political power is increasing year over year. Wouldn’t it make sense for political parties to shift their policies and beliefs to attract young voters in order to create a stronghold for the future? In 2016, 34 million Millennials voted (about 25% of votes), and this year, an estimated 8 million more Millennials were eligible to vote than in 2016. That’s approximately 42 eligible young voters with the ability wreak havoc on those who policies go against their beliefs.
So what’s keeping us from aligning with Republicans?
I mean, it can’t be the $1.5 trillion and counting in student loan debt. It can’t be the fact that in addition to managing student loan debt, the oldest millennials (now 37) are trying to finance their children’s education while worrying that one day, they might send their 9-year-old off to school and John Doe will show up waving an AK-47 in the air. Then after their 9-year-old miraculously survives, they now have to pay a $500k medical bill because they couldn’t afford basic medical care, or they could and their insurance wouldn’t assist them.
Millennials growing support for the democratic party can be nicely summed up in these graphs from the Washington Post:
We want change. We want to be better, live better, and we’re finally coming together and casting votes to enact that change. We have the power to choose who our elected officials will be, and we’re coming in woke af and ready for action. Contempt for the Trump White House encouraged young voters, women, and people of color to rise from the crowd and they now refuse to be silenced. This is just the beginning of a Democratic revolution and Millennials are proudly at the forefront.