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ELECTION DAY IS HERE.

The latest on the election, from Gen Zs and Millennials

Set against the backdrop of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and seemingly peak polarization, the 2020 election has already proven to be a standout moment in American history—and clearly, this has been quite the introduction into politics for first-time Gen Z voters. The election is expected to break records (with participation from nearly 65% of eligible voters, the highest turnout since 1908), especially in terms of young adult participation. Indeed, and as of October 23rd, early voter participation among 18- to 29-year-olds was up an astounding 31% from 2016. Today, we wanted to give you the chance to read up on young people and their approach to the election with the following themes, which are based upon discussions from our Cassandra Collective over the weekend.

NERVOUS, ANXIOUS, HOPEFUL?—HOW YOUTH FEEL ABOUT THE ELECTION

Today’s Gen Zs and Millennials agree this is a critically important election, but after literal years of media coverage on the event, many young adults are just feeling “over it” at this point. However, as much as they want this election to be totally done after November 3rd, they are bracing for what could happen next—either on election day itself or in the weeks that follow. They are proud to have put their passion into action at the polls and, despite concerns, are eager and hopeful for a better future.




“I can’t wait for it [the election] to be over, I’m fearful of what will happen regardless of who wins and I hope we don’t have any violence. I hope we can start a new beginning with hope.”

- Gloria, 33, NC


“I'm nervous and anxious, but trying to stay hopeful! It's hard to predict what is going to happen.”

- Aleks, 27, VA


“It feels good to go vote and make a difference.”

- Randy, 33, CA


“I'm feeling pretty nervous about it. Either way it goes, there will be some drama that accompanies it.”

- Melissa, 22, FL


“I have no strong feelings regarding the election. I voted though.”

- Tina, 25, IL


“I am a little over it already. Fate has already determined [the outcome], there is not much that I can do now.”

- Ikram, 18, IL

HOW YOUNG PEOPLE VOTED—OR PLAN TO

Young adults have taken advantage of the various ways to participate in this year’s election. They have voted early, mailed in absentee ballots, and stood in line and in-person at the polls. Though young adults are eager for the election season to slow down, they have truly “rocked the vote” this year.




“I plan to vote in person on election day.”

- Jen, 32, CT


“I did [already] vote. I did a mail-in ballot and dropped it in the box.”

- Tina, 25, IL


“I voted early. [While] voting in person, [I had] no issues or long lines.”

- Gloria, 33, NC


“I voted absentee. I usually vote that way anyway because I feel like I can do better research on the candidates and ballot initiatives with the ballot ahead of time. I also like not waiting in line for as long. I usually try to get my absentee ballot into an actual ballot box instead of through the mail because I feel like that increases my chances of my vote getting counted.”

- Melissa, 22, FL

CAN THE COUNTRY BE UNITED?

We asked young adults what could help unite people in this country right now. It’s clear that some young adults are in total despair, feeling as though political polarization is past the point of repair. Some are even going so far as to suggest we must redefine the function of government entirely. However, a key theme amongst our respondents was that through understanding can come unity; that turning chaos into conversation, ego into education, and hate into humanity is what it would take to come together.




“We need a whole new democracy.”

- Miranda, 24, CA


“I think this country is in a bad spot.”

- Tina, 25, IL


“I think politics is what divides us. The way candidates campaign these days makes it seem like there is a bad and good side.”

- Ikram, 18, IL


“Nothing could unite people in this country… hating on each other [is] the new normal.”

- Ian, 34, CA


“People need to become more educated and stop this idea of individualism. America is a place where we should embrace our brothers and sisters as one, not as different ethnic groups or skin colors. There needs to be more advocating for the idea of true unity.”

- Kaiya, 19, OH