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Hispanic Immigration, Naturalization Drives Millennial Growth In 2020 Electorate

By Paola Marizan, IPB News | Published on in Government, Politics
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
(Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Census data shows millennials are expected to be the largest generation in the electorate by the 2020 general election. This growth will continue to come largely through immigration and naturalization.

Turnout among young people in Indiana climbed from 8 percent in 2014 to 23 percent during the 2018 midterm elections, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

Much of this growth has been driven by young U.S.-born Hispanics and immigrants becoming naturalized.

Roberto Arroyo is a voter in southern Indiana and a millennial. He says this growth represents the need for younger voices to be heard.

“They’re taking a bigger interest in politics in general and exercising their right to make sure that their opinion is heard,” Arroyo says.

The Pew Research Center says that while millennials may soon be the largest generation in the electorate, it will likely be a much longer time before they are the largest bloc of voters.

Contact Paola at pmarizan@wnin.org or follow her on Twitter at @pmarizan.