Elections

Millenials getting ready to cast votes

Experts say group could be most important in election

Millenials getting ready to cast votes

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - In a matter of hours. voters will head to the polls on Election Day, but experts point to one particular group that could help decide the election.

According to the latest figures, around 23 million millennials voted for president in 2012, leading some experts to say they could be the deciding factor in 2016.

That's why both political parties on the campus of UW-La Crosse are fast at work in the home stretch, attempting to drive up turnout in their favor.

College Democrat volunteer Annie Gonring is spending her day knocking on doors, trying to get out the vote for Democrats.

"You have a little conversation about the candidates we're supporting. Telling them to go out and vote, especially in the dorms, that's our sole message," Gonring said.

Student volunteers stress the importance of talking directly to each other.

"We can share our stories, why we are personally voting for these candidates, and I think it's much easier to relate to a student as to an elected official," Gonring said.

College Republicans, however, are instead focusing their efforts on Tuesday.

"We'll be registering people to vote. We'll be talking to our friends and neighbors, telling them to get out and vote," College Republican Chair Ben Stelter said. "No one wants to be constantly bombarded with information and fliers and handouts, so we try to use our voices and go out and communicate with people and let them know this is an important election."

Republican volunteers are focusing on getting students the correct voting information come Election Day.

"Just something as simple as an off campus student who's a junior or senior who has voted at the rec in the past, now realizing they have to vote somewhere else -- that it's not their district, and they wait through the whole line realizing they're at the wrong precinct. Stuff like that, it's important to educate voters," Stelter said.

But above all, these volunteers are hoping they can increase student turnout, regardless of the outcome.

"It's up to us to go out and voice our opinion on what we want to see for the direction of our country," Stelter said.

"Getting out the vote is one of the most important things you can do," Gonring said.
College Democrats were also spending their day not only supporting Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, but down-ballot candidates like State Senator Jennifer Shilling.

Republicans on the other hand, specifically will focus on getting people properly registered Tuesday.


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