Shaped by gun violence and climate change, Gen Z weighs whether to vote

Shaped By Gun Violence And Climate Change, Gen Z Weighs Whether To Vote - Prbuw74L6Zdz5Cgjiyl74Vaaqi

They call themselves the “mass shootings generation,” their perspective shaped by deadly rampages at Newtown, Conn., and Parkland, Fla. They sound the alarm about the devastation caused by climate change. They fear the threats to LGBTQ rights and now the ramifications of the loss of a constitutional right to abortion.

They are Generation Z — commonly defined as those born between 1997 and 2012 — and they’re outspoken and politically active, known for viral stunts, organizing mass protests and trolling extremist politicians online.

But the looming question with just a month until the midterm elections that will decide control of Congress and the fate of President Biden’s agenda: Will they vote in numbers to make a difference?

Historically, young Americans turn out to vote at significantly lower rates than their parents and grandparents. Only 44 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 participated in the 2016 election, an unenthusiastic turnout compared with the 72 percent of voters…

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This article was written by Mariana Alfaro and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com