Millennials can make a huge impact in the election this year and can swing the votes dramatically, if a large amount of college kids decide to vote. According to the Pew Research center, millennials continue to have the lowest voter turnout of any age group and during the last election young adults made up only nineteen percent of the electorate. However, this election is unique for millennials because it marks the first time essentially all the millennials in the country are old enough to vote.
Although the millennials can play a huge role in this election, the voting rules can make it difficult for them to vote. If a college student went to school out of state, yet still wants to vote in the election and have their vote count in their hometown instead of where they are going to school it is a long process. To vote, the student would have to request by mail an absentee ballot as well as filling out certain paperwork by a deadline far advance of registration. “Amid midterms, papers and college distractions filling out the paperwork ahead of deadlines can be hard and thought as not worth the hassle” said Sophomore Juliana Seide.
Jessica Delantone, A transfer student from Reno Nevada said, “I really want to vote but I want my vote to count for Nevada, a battleground state, which means much more than my vote in California, a reliably blue state. But I do not want to go through the hassle of figuring out how to do that so I probably won’t vote since my vote as a republican is not helpful in California as it would be in Nevada.”
Another reason voting is hard for college students is because of the strict voter ID laws that have been in place to protect voter fraud. Some college students that are going to school out of state could have a hard time voting because students IDs, out-of-state driver’s licenses and out-of-state ID cards are not accepted as forms of voter identification in many states, according to the U.S. Vote Foundation.
However, in California we do not have strict voter ID laws so out of state students are able to vote. Junior, Alex Campbell said, “I am excited to be able to vote here in California especially since I am from Minnesota. At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to vote but once I looked it up, I was glad to find out that I could.”
NDNU has had many booths up to encourage students to register to vote. According to Professor Lujuan, “I would like to see NDNU come together to vote, so I have been working on getting a polling place here at NDNU. I was in charge of getting the booths set up and I counted over 100 hundred students who registered to vote. I am excited to see how the millennials make a difference in this election.”