San Antonio Millennials not hitting the polls

Tuesday was the last day of early voting before Saturday's big run-off election. So who is actually hitting the polls in terms of age?

SAN ANTONIO - Tuesday was the last day of early voting before Saturday's big run-off election. So who is actually hitting the polls in terms of age?

Looking at the numbers from the May election might give us an idea and it’s definitely not Millennials.

More than 115,000 people voted in the local election in May:

  • 45 percent of voters were 65 or older.
  • 21 percent were 55 to 64 years old.
  • 14 percent were between the ages of 45 and 54.
  • 10 percent were voters between 35 and 44.
  • 2.4 percent were voters between 18 and 24

That’s more than 90 percent of the vote coming from San Antonians over the age of 35. 

KENS 5 decided to stop by a San Antonio coffee house to ask Millennials why that is.

“I’m not surprised. I’m really not, because a lot of us tend to focus on other subjects, matters around San Antonio. We just worry about the wrong stuff because we are Millennials,” Valeria Lopez said.

When asked if she tries to stay informed and keep up with politics, Jules Ridenour said, “Not at all. I guess I just have a lot of other stuff on my plate,”

While younger voter turnout is typically low, some experts believe more and more people are getting married and having kids later in life, which is when most people also tend to pay more attention to politics and policy.

The Millennials we spoke to also plan to get more engaged, eventually.

“I feel like we’re getting better and we’re getting more educated and I feel like social media helps with that,” Lopez said.

Regardless of age, San Antonio as a whole could do much better when it comes to turning out to vote. 

© 2017 KENS-TV


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