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Millennials Hit the Polls on Election Day

5:17 PM, Nov 06, 2018

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Val Simpson

You’ve seen the signs, the campaigners, and the rallies. And every election year the Baby Boomers and Generation X get to the polls. So, are Millennials catching up?

“I think we’re going to see kind of this youth wave so to speak in, not in this election, but in upcoming elections,” Sandra Pavelka, FGCU political science professor, said.

Some of the voters HelloSWFL talked to on Election Day were voting for the first time.

“I was nervous going in but I feel good, because I did my part,” 19-year-old Caitlin Smittle said.

“I feel pretty good, I’ve always wanted to make a difference in the world. I feel like it’s not as big as it could be but at least it’s something,” 18-year-old Logan Freed said.

HelloSWFL went to three different polling places — Summit Church, Downtown Fort Myers, and the Lee County Elections Center. Even Millennials were surprised with the turnout.

“Everyone looks at Millennials, oh we don’t care, we don’t try, and to see that the majority of that room was college students, it makes you think, 'wow I’m not the only person that cares,'” 21-year-old Samira Hudyberdi said.

In 2018, the number of registered voters age 18-29 in Florida went up eight percent. And other generations are noticing.

“This generation, they are in tune to everything from social media to politics, my personal opinion is that they are well versed,” 36-year-old Anthony Stovall said.

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