How Democrats Can Win the Youth Vote in November
July 9, 2020
Youth voter turnout in Texas tripled between 2014 and 2018, and Move Texas registered 30,000 new voters under 30 in 2018. “But the question is, will campaigns make the investment to turn those young people out?” asked Charlie Bonner, 24, the communications director for Move Texas. According to a February poll of Texans under 40 conducted by Circle, a research organization focused on youth civic engagement, 66 percent of them, and 75 percent of young Latinos had not heard from a campaign this cycle. And that’s a problem. “If you don’t have candidates up and down the ballot that are willing to make an investment, that are willing to speak to the issues that young people are facing, then we have a self-fulfilling prophecy about the youth vote,” Mr. Bonner said. Instead, the political industry should “be playing a longer game here that is about fundamentally changing the electorate,” he added.