Young voters speak on the upcoming midterms

Young voters made up a large voting share in the 2020 election, which may make candidates target them more heavily in the midterms.
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 6:45 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:29 AM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - On November 8, 2022 Nebraskans will go to the polls and select a new governor. As the candidates get ready to run their campaigns young people could have a big impact on the election.

The Campus Vote Project said that in the 2020 election, Millennials and Generation Z voters made up the largest voter share.

Young political leaders are already looking toward the 2022 midterm elections. Justin Simmons, chair of the Buffalo County Young Democrats, said he believes in voting and educating yourself on the issues.

”I think that the main thing is to just get out and vote, make sure you are up to date on the issues and that you understand the issues,” Simmons said. “Listening to the town hall debates, the candidate forums. And understand what the candidates believe in, instead of what you might hear on the news or in an ad.”

Young leaders on both sides say its important to end the divisiveness in and around the political world.

Ehric Strope of the UNK Young Republicans say it’s important to understand what you’re fighting against.

“So it would be really nice if people could persuade without dividing, or take a stand without casting stones,” Strope said. “Discuss and contend ideas and not necessarily people.”

He said great people make mistakes, great people come to different decisions.

“I think two very intelligent people can look at the same information and come to very different conclusions and neither of them necessarily be wrong,” Strope said.

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