Millennials say they could decide race

Posted: 8:30 AM, Feb 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-02 08:30:22-05

Ask any millennial about the younger generation's impact on this year's election, and you'll get mixed answers.

"Millennials are going to decide this election," Michigan State University Junior Emily Linden said.

"We never vote. I think kids really like saying things and really don't like doing things," MSU Junior John Antishin said. "They'll have more of an impact this year than they've had other years, but, when it comes down to it, our generation doesn't vote."

That's why groups like the MSU College Democrats and Michigan Young Republicans are trying to register more young voters and convince them to cast their ballots.

"The key to this election, for millennials at least, is getting out to vote actually," MSU College Democrat Dan Eggerding said.

One of the things that might draw young voters out - candidates are talking about the issues that matter to them like student debt, social inequality and LGBT rights.

"Millennials are starting to realize how big of an impact these policies have on their future," Linden said. "We are one of, if not the, biggest voting populations in the country."

"I'm not sure if its going to lead a big wave of young people coming out, and I'm not very optimistic that they'll naturally just come out because one issue here, one issue there is being addressed," Michigan Young Republican Chris Arndt said.

Others say, even if they don't make it to the polls, young people affect change through other avenues like social media and the internet as a whole.

"A lot of the older generation, they say, 'What good does that do just by twitter protesting?' We're actually talking about these at the national debates. We're forcing candidates like Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump to say 'Do Black lives matter?'" Eggerding said, referencing a famous twitter hashtag that became a social media movement.

Regardless, all of the millennials this reporter talked to said the real impact will be made at the polls.