Young people in Maverick County or more commonly known as Millennials (18 to 35 years old) are seen and respectively supposed to be the future of our community and country. With the number of people between that age range 18 to 35 years old continually growing and being the majority of residents within our community they (Millennials) have historically participated in the electoral process in lower numbers as per amounts of voters registered by age groups than any other age group including Generation Xers (36 to 50 yrs. old), Baby Boomers (51 to 75 years old) and Golden Agers 76 years and older.
Young people from our community have undoubtedly voted less than older people, and the November 8, 2016 U.S. Presidential election was no exception.
Informate conducted a study of the 2016 Maverick County Voters Who Voted lists and broke it down into the appropriate voting age groups from 18 years old and beyond and also categorized the groups under Millennials (18 to 35 years old), Generation X (36 to 50 years old) Baby Boomers (51 to 75 years old) and Golden Agers (76 years and older). This was done to scientifically show the generational voting gap we as a community contend with every election cycle.
During the 2016 Presidential election Millennials accounted for 25% of the entire vote while the Generation Xers accounted for 28% of the Vote. Golden Agers accounted for 8% of the vote while the greatest participation came from the Baby Boomers with 39%.
To better understand as to why Millennials fall under the voting percentages as compared to the other groups one must look at the amount of people registered as Maverick County Voters between the Millennial age and how many actually voted.
There are 9,528 registered voters in Maverick County between the ages of 18 to 36 years old but only 3,103 or 33% of those registered voted in November.
There are 7651 registered voters in Maverick County between the ages of 37 to 50 years old (Generation X) and 3,395 or 44% of those registered voted in November.
During the November 2016 election 4,801 Baby Boomers (51 to75 years old) or 54% of all 8,898 registered voters within that age group.
There are 2,595 registered voters in Maverick County between the ages of 76 years and older (Golden Age) and 908 or 35% of those registered voted in the November presidential election.
During the electoral process 48 year olds voted most with 260 votes cast at 54% participation with 481 voters registered at that age group. 142 people of the 22year old age voted accounting for 28% of the 497 voters registered within that age bracket. 23 year olds did not fare well either with 169 votes cast or 27% of all 620 registered voters in that age category. 26 year olds voted 162 times or only 26% participation of the 607 registered voters under that age group.
Although the numbers and statistics of who actually votes during important federal level elections are a cause for concern due to the fact that those unwilling to participate more, are the future of our country and our community.
As a community we owe it to our country to exercise our right and form of free expression and cast our votes no matter for who it may be. That is bigger than any freedom of taking the sitting down mentality and not participating in a right that to date many service men and women continue fighting across the world to ensure and secure.
A further review was conducted and the absence trend seen through the presidential election is even more noticeable in local elections and absolutely can’t be ignored much longer.
Statistics and reports were reviewed for the March 1, 2016 Maverick County Democratic Party Primary Election looking at which age group Millennials (18 to 35) Generation Xers (36 to 50 yrs. old), Baby Boomers (51 to 75 years old) and Golden Agers 76 years and older participated most in local elections.
In all Generation X and Baby Boomers voters between the ages of 41 to 65 years old participated in the electoral process more than any age group.
During the March 1, 2016 election, those two groups accounted for 3,299 votes cast (45.6 %) of all the 7,222 total votes cast in that election.
Golden Age voters accounted for 2,060 votes or 28.5 % of the 7,222 votes cast during the March, 1, 2016 election.
Only 1,927 registered voters between the ages of 18 to 36 years old (Millennials) voted and participated in the March 1, 2016 Primary Election, accounting for the lowest total number of voter participation rates (27%) out of the total 7,222 votes cast during that election.
Millennials once again fall way behind in voter participation in our electoral processes.
As a community we must seriously look at the issues that factor in and contribute to dismal youth participation including recognition and emphasis on the importance of local elected offices Political abandonment must also be addressed as often politicians will spend and focus their efforts in listening and attending to the concerns of older residents, the constituency that could possibly elect them to office because of their higher voter participation.