NextGen: For First Time Ever, Young Voters Outnumber Older Voters In PA

The progressive organization is registering voters at colleges across the state

Joe DeStio
September 18, 2018 - 4:25 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - What role will young people play in this fall's mid-term elections? One group of organizers is working to buck historic trends.

In the last mid-term in 2014, only 16 percent of voters under age 30 showed up at the polls.

NextGen America Pennsylvania Director Jarrett Smith expects higher numbers this time around.

“This year alone we’ve already registered over 27,000 voters across the state in Pennsylvania,” said Smith.

A recent poll shows just 33 percent of young voters say it’s very important to vote this year, compared to 57 percent over 65.

Next Gen America staffers are on 40 college campuses in Pennsylvania, including Pitt, Penn State and Mercyhurst Tuesday to register voters

 Smith adds that for the first time, ever the number of registered voters in Pennsylvania age 18 to 35 is greater than voters over age 65.

“So I think if that trend continues, which I think it really will, then young people are going to be the defining factor in the mid-term election,” said smith

NextGen is a progressive organization. On its website it says “NextGen America acts politically to prevent climate disaster, promote prosperity, and protect the fundamental rights of every American.”

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