Millennials are generally those individuals born from 1982 on, and they are currently the largest voting bloc in the state of Utah. But only 11 percent of the millennial generation voted in the state which was far below the 30 percent average rate for previous generations.
Emerging Leaders of Utah is trying to change that. Board members Andy Pierucci and Hannah Lockhart were guests on KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday. Pierucci said they look forward to the challenge.
“Obviously with those numbers that you cited there’s a problem but we also view it as an incredible opportunity to get our generation engaged, to get them involved and to empower them and to educate them, so they can make an impact for future generations to come,” he said.
Lockhart talked about why people in that age group are tuning out.
“We’ve spoken with many of our peers to see how civically involved they’ve been. Unfortunately, not many even vote, so I think they feel disenfranchised unfortunately. They don’t feel like their voice can contribute. They see politics on a national scale being very polarizing.”
Lockhart explained the millennial generation, instead, seeks discussion and getting together to solve an issue when they see one. Their website EmergingLeadersUtah.org proposes an initiative that hopes to influence millennials and future generations to join in policy discussions and help shape Utah’s political, cultural and economic future.