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2020 Election: Butte County sees spike in young voters

There are many young people in Chico, especially with the university close by. But, are they voting?

Posted: Nov 4, 2020 1:38 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - At the Chico State Voter Assistance Center, hundreds of people stopped by to vote on Election Day.

But compared to previous election cycles, workers there said this year is seeing a spike in young voters.

Aubrey Lange, a 25-year-old voter who went to cast her ballot on Election Day, feels it was important for her to have her voice heard, saying, "If I want change, I need to be a part of the change that makes that happen. You can't just want change and do nothing to change it."

It's not just the workers at the voter assistance center noticing this shift.

Numbers from across the state show that many young voters are coming out to cast their ballots this year.

Action News Now asked Lange why she decided to vote this year.

"I'm voting because it is really important that people vote and I think that it's our duty as citizens," said Lange.

Action News Now asked Elisa Ibarra, a 20-year-old voter, the same question. She said, "I feel it's important to get my opinion out there especially because these people are going to be representing me."

Young voters we spoke with say their friends are coming out to get their voice heard more this year than four years ago.

"I have friends who never even cared about politics before and now, not even just for them personally but just because their friends are so passionate about it, they are like 'wow.'" Lange said.

Many of these voters told Action News Now they did significant research before casting their ballot, mostly through social media, news outlets, friends and family.

For more information on updated numbers and results for national and statewide elections, click here. For North State election results, click here.

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