Gen Z Voter Duty

As those in Generation Z find themselves in the middle of the pandemic’s economic downfall, some feel obligated to fight for a bigger say in how the nation recovers.  

Data shows the combined millennial, Gen Z, and younger generations numbered 166 million as of July 2019, or 50.7% of the nation’s population. 

Some of those in Generation Z are determined to vote. “I can’t complain about what they do in the office if I don’t do my part by voting,” said Labarria West, a sophomore at SELU. 

“It’s my duty and I have a right,” said recent Southeastern alumni, Jenny Gautier.   

Young adults of Generation Z are feeling a heightened sense of responsibility to vote during the upcoming presidential elections. However, not everyone feels up to the task. Some are still undecisive or feel like their vote simply will not matter.

“I’m voting because my mom says to,” says Briana Grayman, a SELU junior, as she shrugs her shoulders. 

“Honestly, I’ll vote but I’m sure it wouldn’t make a difference,” says 21-year old, Juwan Finch. 

“I won’t vote because I feel like we don’t have any good candidates and either way we lose. Plus, it’s [the results of the election] up to the electoral college anyway,” said Nick Evans. 

This is true. According to USA GOV, the president and vice president are not elected directly by citizens. Instead, they’re chosen by “electors” through a process called the Electoral College.

According to the Library of Congress, electoral votes usually align with the popular vote in an election. However, a number of times in our nation’s history, the person who took the White House did not receive the most popular votes.

There are many organizations and campaigns still dedicated to getting the younger generations’ participation in the presidential election. 

Image above shows the Instagram app encouraging voter registration.

Social media apps have also decided to participate in the effort to get Generation Z registered to vote.

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