May 6 is the date of the next city-wide election, but ask a typical Millennial and they probably don’t know that. But new efforts are underway to get young people to vote.
Voter apathy is a big problem in Bexar County. One group thinks they’d found the secret to changing that, especially with young voters.
Move San Antonio is leading the charge in getting young people to the polls. Executive Director H. Drew Galloway is helping Move San Antonio host events like this weekend’s San Antonio Night Live, which puts mayoral and city council hopefuls through wacky exercises to pull them away from typical stump speeches and policy rants.
“This is a way for us to show candidates and allow the candidates to show a part of themselves [voters] would not normally see,” Galloway said.
And it’s a good thing too, considering a lot of posts are up for grabs, including the mayor’s office, four unclaimed city council seats, and a record-setting $850 million bond.
Galloway says that, if history is any indication, young people won’t get to decide.
“If you look at the average age of a person in San Antonio, it’s 34 years old,” Galloway noted. “The average age of a voter in the municipal election in 2015 was 63 and a resident on the north side.”
The stats come as no surprise to the young voters attending San Antonio Night Live. But they say that more events like that just might get their peers to wake up.
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