Young Voters Growing More Enthusiastic About 2020 Presidential Election

CHARLOTTE, NC — Young voters want their voices heard. Many showed up to a rally Friday with Democratic Presidential hopeful, Bernie Sanders. It was at Central Piedmont Community College.

Most of the local volunteers helping with the rally were young people. They want to be part of the political conversation, and presidential candidates are vying for their votes.

1,900 eager voters stood in the heat cheering on the Vermont Senator, one of them a recent UNC Charlotte graduate.

“Young people are the future. The older generation that currently runs our country is not going to be here in about 10, 20 years and we’re going to have to suffer the consequences of that,” says Esha Nzaver.

According to a recent Harvard Institute of Politics poll, young voters are more enthusiastic about the 2020 Presidential election than they were in 2015. It found 43% of 18 to 29-year-olds were likely to vote in their state’s primary. Compare that to 36% in spring of 2015.

“I think it was kind of pivotal moment of when people actually started to get involved, especially within my own friends who can vote now and vote in 2020,” says South Charlotte resident Matt Grady.

Other candidates also vying for the young voters. Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke held a meet and greet at CPCC in April. Corey Booker came to Charlotte last week for a round table discussion about gun control at friendship missionary baptist church.