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Millennials – Let’s Talk

When only 11% of us vote, we cede political decisions to others rather than helping to decide our town’s future.

First, yep – that name for our generation is dumb. It’s not even that much better compared to the alternatives for us – silent generation, lost generation, young boomers, etc. But the name here isn’t what’s important. It’s our actions that matter.

In the last local election back in August, only 11% of us voted. Around 500 of us between the ages of 18 to 35 showed up to vote. Compare that to 41% of people over 65 years old that turned out to vote. 

Voters our age account for half of the voting population nationally and roughly a quarter here in our community. When only 500 of us vote (out of 4500 of us registered and able to vote), we find our voice and political power drowned out. We’re ceding political decisions to others rather than helping to decide our town’s future with the rest of the community.

Early voting starts today. If you’re in the city limits, you’re voting for a mayor and alderman that will set the direction of our town for the next four years. Take a minute and look over the Guide to the City Election. It’ll help you see who’s running and what their vision is for our community. Decide who to vote for and then make plans to go vote.

Share that guide with your friends and family. Check and see if they might need a ride to the polls too. If you need a ride yourself, drop me an email here. I’ll make sure to get you there.

If we want Fayetteville to move forward, it means showing up. At the voting booth, at public meetings, at local events, and every other chance we get. It means getting involved.

We can’t change the political game if we don’t change the players. 

2 comments on “Millennials – Let’s Talk

  1. I’m an xennial, so I hope my input is welcome here. I know people who didn’t vote and have absolutely no (good) reason for not being able I was the only “younger” person at my polling place for the preliminaries. It is concerning to say the least. Everyone I have talked to about this topic since moving here have all the same complaints. “It’s political” “the city and county are always at odds” “it’s the same old people” “they are afraid of change and progress”.

    While I try to encourage them that these are the very reasons why voting is important, it’s hard not to notice that there is a division in the county. We can not complain about not being represented or heard, if we don’t use our voices. If we don’t start becoming active members in our society our little town will die with the older generation that is leading us right now.

    • Your voice and views are always welcome here!

      It’s not just younger voters with that mentality, it’s most non-voters in our community. I really appreciate you encouraging them to vote and get more active. Conversations like the ones you’re having are the best way to change that mentality!

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