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The 2020 election may experience a surge of voting with 4 million 17 year olds turning 18 prior to the election

10/08/2019 1:38 pm ET Elizabeth Rogers
The 2020 election may experience a surge of voting with 4 million 17 year olds turning 18 prior to the election

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With the 2020 election just over a year away, a lot of people are worried that 2016 may repeat itself. However, according to Info Please, there were 4,025,933 people born in 2001 which means that the majority of those people will be eligible to vote come November 3rd, 2020.

While it’s impossible to find a record of the number of people born each month, logically, one could divide that almost 4 million number by 12 months, which would produce 335,494. By the time election day arrives, around 3.3 million Americans will be eligible to vote, give or take a few for deaths or ineligibility.

While the 2020 election is still some time away, it’s important to remember that almost 3.5 million more people will have the chance to contribute to the state of the country.

Each state has varying laws about when people can register to vote. Some allow pre-registration to take place at the age of 17 or even 16. Ohio, being one of the most unpredictable states does allow 17-year-olds to register to vote so long as they are 18 by the time of election day. However, another important state, Pennsylvania, requires citizens to be 18 in order to even register.

Despite the current state of the country, a fair share of those 3.3 million young Americans still may not vote due to a lack of knowledge or care. However, the time is coming and young adults, 17 and 18-year-olds in particular, have a lot of power in their hands.

Since the Parkland shooting, Florida’s youth voter registration has increased by 41% which is astronomical. While it may not all be credited to the massacre, a lot of Florida citizens are taking action. David Hogg, a survivor of the shooting began speaking out about the need to vote and recently stated, “The young people will win.” in hope of motivating his generational peers to vote come 2020.

 

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