You’ve read a lot of stories about young voters being engaged for the 2018 midterms. You’ve even seen millennials being engaged in activism. But, if you think that translates into actual votes, think again.
According to new numbers millennials casted just 11 out of every 100 early votes in the March primaries here in Texas. Only 27.3% of 18-24 year olds voted in the 2016 election. U-H political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus told KTRH younger voters are hard to pin down.
“It’s really difficult to engage younger voters. The kinds of things that most campaigns are geared to be able to deliver don’t speak to people that are younger,” Rottinghaus explained.
So if that's the case, can the Democrats really count on more young voters turning out come November?
“I think you will definitely see an increase in the turnout of younger voters,” Rottinghaus stated.
But before any Democrat gets too excited about that, Rottinghaus says he says the numbers won't come close to the 65 and over demographic, which turned out to vote at a 65% rate two years ago here in Texas.