Rise in Youth Votes

Action News Now talked to Chico State students today about how youth votes are up in some states and how it's expected to rise across the nation.

Posted: Nov 6, 2018 5:26 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Action News Now talked to Chico State students today about how youth votes are up in some states and how it's expected to rise across the nation.

"It's so exciting seeing so many people just wanting to get involved and wanting to be more informed it's a really cool experience and a really cool time to be alive today of course," Alexandra Williams, student at Chico State said.

Williams says the spike in young voters probably has a lot to do with social media.

"A lot of it has to do with us being more informed than we have been before with the rise of social media and everything like that it's so easy to be able to inform yourself about what you want to vote on and so easy to find your polling places and everything like that," Williams said. 

Eddie Cruz told Action News Now why he felt it important to vote for those who can't.

"I came out to vote to give voice to those people that I represent that don't have a voice, for example like my mother she's been in this country for like 20 years but she's not allowed to vote so I'm trying to represent what those people those type of people," Cruz said.

For some senior students, this was their first time voting.

"I wanted to make a difference, as little or as big as I could this is my first year being registered to vote so I just wanted to help the community," Angela Nogid, senior at Chico State said.

"Yeah hearing that news makes me really proud because I think just a few years ago that was a really big issue was having people our age come out and vote, so I'm really happy to se that change," Vivie Pan, senior Chico State student said.

The Harvard Institute of Politics' most recent national youth poll shows voting up by some 16% compared to 2014.

"I'm shocked like to see many youth come out cause usually they think that the youth don't really care about what's going on in our country but yeah this shows them that we're here we have a voice and we're ready to create some change, some type of political revolution in our system," Cruz said.

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