YOUNG VOTERS could DOMINATE the election

Wisconsin is one of 10 states in which millennials could sway the Nov. 8 election, according to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. But that won’t matter if more young voters don’t register.

About 52% eligible voters age 18-24 in Marathon County are registered to vote, says Reid Magney, spokesman for the state Elections and Ethics Commission. Of those, about 58% turn out for presidential elections. That means only 30% of eligible young local voters are expected to vote this November.

While those numbers might seem low, they aren’t, relatively speaking. Nationwide, the turnout for registered voters ages 18-24 hovers at around 45%. But young voters could have a major impact on the election, if they turn out en masse this Nov. 8.

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Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S., outnumbering baby boomers by a significant margin, according to census figures. They tend to favor Democratic candidates over Republicans by a large margin.

Eligible voters can register at the polls on registration day by showing a photo ID and proof of residency.