What Will it Take to Get Millennials to Vote?

VOTERISE, a new non-profit

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - A new non-profit has been set up in Utah to get more millennials in the voting booth this November. 
 
The group is called VOTERISE and it's located at the Impact Hub in Downtown Salt Lake City.
 
VOTERISE said only 8.1 percent of millennial voters ages 18-29-years-old showed up in 2014. 
 
"I’m 22. I didn’t think voting mattered to me too much in the last election. I was just getting out of high school. I didn’t have a lot of things at stake," said Jermey Dormitzer. "The issues that are at stake now in the election are things that matter to me. But, I think a lot of kids my age just don’t really care that much."
 
VOTERISE want to see Utah have better than national averages when it comes to millennial voters in 2016. In the 2014 election only 20 percent of millennials voted nation wide.
 
Ben Sheridan the Strategic Advisor for VOTERISE said,  "Data would suggest that a lot of them are intimidated by the process. They don’t know how to go about the process and they don’t think that the issues actually affects them."
 
Party affiliation is one thing that has millennial's confused. The generation feels they should be free to vote for either party.
 
"I think a lot of kids my age don’t know enough about politics to really choose which party they want and so that is going to box out a bunch of voters right there," said Dormitzer.
 
Millennial voter Lisa Caselli said the state needs to make voting easier because her generation doesn’t use so called 'snail mail.'
 
"If they made it easier in someway. You can submit your taxes online, if you could vote online, everyone would do it," said Caselli. "I think that it's enough of a hassle that is different from what people are normally doing. That it just goes by the wayside."
 
VOTERISE said it partnered with Rock the Vote to help millennial's with voter registration. 
 
"Folks might feel like their vote doesn’t count. We are here to show them it does," said Sheridan.
 
VOTERISE believes millennials care about the economy and jobs, education, equality and religious freedoms, foreign policy, National Security, gun control and gun rights.
 
All topics the non-profit would like to gear millineal voters towards.
 
"We take that data and then we connect them with our organizers who are agents in the field who are able to help mobilize small communities through grass roots effort to help build groups of folks who really care about issues," he added.
 
Voterize said the burden is on citizens to make sure the public and millennial's exercises their right to vote. 
 
"If you make a plan to vote. Including--when you are going to wake up in the morning? How you are going to get to the polling station? Do you have to drop your kids off at school? Do you have to get to work and check in, in the morning?--That makes you inherently more likely to go do it," said Sheridan.
 
"I definitely think they should vote. They need to vote. This is a really big deal. There is a lot going on with our country. They need to vote," Caselli adds.
 
If you would like to find out how you can get involved with VOTERISE visit the Impact Hub located at 150 South State Street in Salt Lake City or visit VOTERISE.org.

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