QUAD CITIES (KWQC) – Millennial voters make up a quarter of the eligible voting block this election year.
In the 2012 presidential election, only fifty percent of eligible millennial voters turned up at the polls.
Student leaders from both Augustana College and St. Ambrose University are working hard for young voters this year.
Joe Carroll, president of Augustana College Republicans says his generation struggles to be a part of the political process.
“I think it’s difficult for some students to realize how important politics is to them,” says Carroll. “They don’t see themselves as having a stake in our nation’s future which is very unfortunate and absolutely not true.”
St. Ambrose University College Democrats’ president Alex Najda thinks there’s a common misconception that her generation doesn’t have a passion for politics.
“We are constantly told that we have the deciding vote in this election,” she says. ” but then we are constantly pandered too and we hear ‘Oh millenials, they don’t really care.'”
In fact, young voters say millennials have more to offer than what’s expected.
“We’re one of the most educated generations that have ever come out of America and those challenges and those qualities that we’ve been given are very valuable to the future of this country,” Najda believes.
Both sides agree on the importance of exercising a civic duty.
“Not everyone else has those opportunities and a lot of people across the world do not have those opportunities so, i’m going to take advantage of them here and I hope other students do as well because not everyone has the privileges we do,” says Carroll.