Millennial generation feels their vote doesn't matter

The upcoming midterm elections could be a big game changer in terms of current administration and future legislation.

Millennials only make up 31 percent of voters, because many are not voting, according to

“I think that there is a common perception that your vote doesn’t really matter. I will say that I think many people think this, but this is common with millennials,” said Michael Gardner, a sophomore at Eastern New Mexico University.

“I think that millennials are highly uneducated, compared to others in certain age groups. They aren’t informed on what’s going on, and they should be,” said Mac Enstead, a senior at ENMU.

“I think they are highly educated but just not as informed,” added Gardner.

When asked if they will vote in the upcoming election or if they have ever voted, many students said no.

“I am not registered to vote, but the way things have been going with the current administration, I feel like I should start,” said Sean McLaughlin, an ENMU sophomore.

Many older students said the first time they voted was in the 2012 elections in which Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ran for president.

“I think it is extremely important to vote, because it is our duty as citizens to go out there and vote. I encourage everyone to go out and do it. I stick to morals, values, and polices when it comes to me voting,” said Gardner.


ome students said they vote based on their views and who best fits their visions, while others said they vote based on what they feel is right, regardless of what their political affiliation may be.

“I look for policy over party; I’m not registered to either party. I tend to fall in the middle of both sides. I don’t go out and just vote D (Democrat) or R (Republican). I watch all media to stay informed. Pretty much anything for me to make a fair judgement. One of the best ways to see all candidates and their responses is to always watch debates,” suggested Gardner.

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