In the most recent midterm elections in 2014, the millennial generation represented 13% of the electorate, down from 19% of the electorate in 2012. In the midterm elections in 2010, only fewer than a quarter of eligible millennial voters voted in the election after turning out in huge numbers for the 2008 election.
Why do millennials voters turn out in low numbers despite making up around 28% of US population and approximately 26% of registered voters? One key factor is the disenchantment with the politics in Washington. However, our founding fathers didn’t design our governmental system to be completely dependent upon Washington for legislation. In fact, the best way to effect change by voting is to vote in the local elections, especially those involving city council seats and mayoralty. Young voter turnout is especially important in these races, which often only bring out around 15-25% of the registered voters. And we, the Millennial generation, must turn out to vote in higher numbers for these elections since it is the mayor and city council members who often determine how the city is run, and we must make our voice heard to ensure that we are not ignored in local decision making.
Recognizing the issue of low voter turnout among the Millennial generation, the Focus Philly PAC seeks to engage young people in order to get our voice heard in the City Hall, to ensure that the Philadelphia political leadership will represent the interests of young people and to have our concerns in mind when deciding as to how our city should be run.