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Young voter turnout shatters records in 2020 election

Posted at 6:13 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 13:43:54-05

The 2020 presidential election has broken many records in the past month, including the young voter turnout.

According to the CIRCLE research center, more than 7 million young people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted early or absentee in the 2020 election.

"Just given the enthusiasm of younger voters, given the registration and voting drives that universities are holding, it's very possible that we could see the gap narrow, which is a good thing for younger voters," said Patrick Flayvin, associate professor at Baylor University.

For three seniors at Baylor University, voting is a right they value and exercised in 2016.

"I've always felt that it's my civic duty. The decision is so big for us not to get involved now, and whoever gets elected is going to matter historically," said Leonardo Robles.

"I think it's so important, but I mostly do it for my community," said Jorge Galvan.

"I think it's great to have a voice and tip the scale," said Abraham Baldera.

In 2016, not as many young voters were involved. Galvan says he felt the difference in enthusiasm from his peers voting this year.

"In 2016, I felt alone. So many of my friends would say they registered but did not vote. This year everyone is asking you if you voted. It feels so relieving that so many of my colleagues and friends are voting as well," he said.

A CNN poll revealed that 51% of registered voters ages 18 to 29 say they are extremely or very enthusiastic to vote in 2020. That number was just 30% in 2016.

The big question remains, what kind of impact will the youth turnout bring?

"The states where it could go either way, the swing states, it could be the new voters and first-time voters that are indecisive. I think that is one way the youth voter could play an important role in this election," said Flayvin.