One of the pleasant and positive results of this year’s wild election was the voting pattern of young Americans.
Yes, this comes from an ardent, pleased and relieved Biden supporter.
Americans ages 18 to 29 voted almost 2-1 for Biden; Biden 61% and Trump 36%. Minnesota youngsters were even better, voting Biden 66% and Trump 32%.
Better yet, for the future, more young Americans actually voted, than has been the case in recent elections.
Naturally, for this writer, for this year I like the way young America voted. But, I really like that so many of them voted.
The Florida teenagers so hurt, angered and frightened by the horrendous mass shooting in their high school said they were going to stay active through the election, and they did. Active youngsters all across America kept up their voter registration projects all through the spring and summer pandemic months, and encouraged early voting at every turn.
For the strong partisans of the age group, they didn’t just talk about their issues and candidates; they went out and made their votes count. It was great that many avid young supporters voted for Trump. It was great that more voted for Biden.
What is really great about it all is what it portends for the future. I really hope this was not a one-shot deal; that the voting trend of the “youth movement” this year keeps trending upward in future elections.
Next election year, young voters might revert to more voting for conservative Republican candidates. If that reflects their views in comparing that year’s candidates, so be it.
This year’s post election interviews reveal that a major consideration of young voters was to get the divisiveness out of our government; to bring an end to the overemphasis on downgrading the other side and to the badmouthing of other party candidates and office holders.
Young folks, like the rest of us, seek an end to the bitterness and rancor in our national and too many state politics of today.
This fall, a cluster of Minnesota’s organized Young Republicans and Young Democrats found unity in casting their votes for Biden. They stated they were turning a page on the nation’s divided politics. Young Republican Jonathon Krull, head of College Republicans at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, called it a step away from four years of political combat during the Trump presidency.
“I felt as if it’s time to move forward, put partisanship aside and come together," Krull said. (StarTribune, Minneapolis, Nov. 9).
Amen to that.
Krull, like quite a few others, voted for Biden, then voted Republican for other offices on his ballot.
Post election interviews all across the country indicate that young voters, like the rest of us, are very tired of politicos of both parties bashing each other, spending huge sums of money on negative smear ads, stalling or roadblocking needed legislation, and an incumbent president so fond of blowing his own horn.
Go, young America. Change the world in a good direction. Please be satisfied with realistic and moderate gains. Then keep on going.
Us old duffers will have to learn to like wherever your concerted, continued activism takes us.