Group Trying to Get Millennials Registered and Involved

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - As registration deadline nears the group Voterise is trying to get Millennials and other voters registered. The group is putting a lot of focus on younger voters because they make up the biggest chunk of those not registered.

Judi Hilman is the Executive Director of Voterise which launched in July. Their goal has been to get more young people involved. She notes the issue is that even those who are registered don't always make it to the polls.

"In 2014 only eight percent of these Millennials turned out to vote," said Hilman. "Even in the last presidential election it was only 34 percent."

According to the state there are more than 1.5 million registered voters. Millennials make up 30 percent of them.

28 year old Valary Walker was one of the people who registered at a Voterise drive in West Valley City on Monday. She didn't register because she thought the deadline had passed weeks ago. Walker also noted that it's been the lopsided elections that have kept her from registering in the past.

"I just kind of feel the electoral college just kind of overrides essentially what you want to vote for," said Walker.

As a student at the University of Utah Walker said one of her biggest concerns is the price of tuition.

Voterise said they also try to get across to people how important elections are at every level.

"We don't have a huge swath of the population who are participating in the decisions that really impact their lives," said Hilman.

The groups goal has also been letting registered voters know about early voting to help people avoid long lines on election day.

People can registers to vote at their county clerks office until 5 p.m. on Tuesday or on the state's election website until midnight. There are also eight counties allowing election day registration including Salt Lake, Cache, Davis, Millard, San Juan, Sanpete, Weber, and Kane.

 


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