What Young Voters Want From Their First Ballot

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A voter arrives at a polling place on March 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
A voter arrives at a polling place on March 3, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Every Wednesday, we’ve been listening to voters across the country. This week: younger voters, who are casting their ballots for the first time. What are their hopes and dreams for the country they’ll inherit?  


Garion Frankel, Texas A&M student. Republican.

Bella D'Alacio, George Mason student. Progressive.

Jacob Cuenca, recent high school graduate. Republican voting for Joe Biden.

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NPR: "Will 2020 Be The Year Of The Young Voter?" — "For Camilo Villa, a sophomore at Providence College, and his peers, there's one issue that keeps coming up: getting ready to vote."

WLRN: "The Pandemic Upended This Homestead Teen's Senior Year. Now It's Upended His Politics" — "Jacob Cuenca, 18, a registered Republican, outside his home in Homestead, Florida."

NBC News: "Young Latino voters say tackling racial inequality is 2020 election priority. But who's listening?" — "A third of young Latinos registered to vote cannot name one politician "who goes out of their way to support their community," according to a poll published Thursday by BuzzFeed and Telemundo."

Iowa Public Radio: "Young Latino Voters: 'The Latino Vote Doesn't Exist'" — "For millions of young voters, the election in November will be their first time voting for president. That includes a large population of young Latinos, who make up almost a quarter of all eligible young voters."

KQED: "Young Voters on Election 2020" — "Young voters have a track record of low turnout in elections, but according to a recent Harvard Youth Poll, 63% of Americans age 18-29 say they will 'definitely be voting' this year."

This program aired on October 7, 2020.


Meghna Chakrabarti Host, On Point
Meghna Chakrabarti is the host of On Point.


Martin Kessler Producer, Only A Game
Martin Kessler is a producer at Only A Game.



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