Go Vote Texas: Cougar millennials and voting
February 16, 2016
“I think millennials don’t vote because they aren’t educated or interested in many things that have to do with the elections. Reading and researching more about politics can help change that.” – human resources sophomore Brianna Lynch
“This is my first time voting because I didn’t turn 18 until after the 2012 election. I think it’s our civic duty to vote, and we take for granted that we have the option. Unlike other countries like the Philippines, where my parents came from, which was once a communist country.” – management information systems junior Consuelo Mercader
“I think millennials are one of the most under-represented classes of voters, and there are a lot of issues that aren’t brought to the table because we simply don’t vote. If more young people come out to vote we would see more changes in colleges and universities.” – accounting and finance senior Atlas Kerr
“I’m not voting this year because I don’t think any of the candidates are great. None of them seem genuine or relatable.” – supply chain management junior Jessie Helm
“Registering to vote is important because you get to have your say in something that’s really important. Your vote could count towards who does or doesn’t get elected, which affects our lives in the long run.” – kinesiology senior Sophie Paine
The Go Vote Texas event brought in students, friends and a slew of panelists who touched on issues that surround and affect students today. Some of the big topics were financial aid, student loans and the upcoming election.
Students spoke to The Cougar about the perplexity and lack of interest when comes to millennials and politics, if they’ll be voting themselves and the importance of having a choice.