Generation Vote

In 2020, one in ten eligible voters will be a Gen Z‘er, comprised of people born after 1996. But will Gen Z’ers vote this November? What issues matter to them? Which candidates are they supporting? Are Gen Z’ers really that different from previous generations?

 

Host Zydalis Bauer gets answers through one-on-one conversations with first time voters in Generation Vote. From young adults to new US citizens, these Americans are voting—and they have something to say about democracy.

Generation Vote: Govaun P.

First-time voter Govaun grew up in Springfield, but also lived in Georgia for a short time. He believes living in predominantly Democratic and predominantly Republican areas allows him to find common ground with both parties. Just a few days out from Election Day,...

Generation Vote: Nestor N.

Nestor is an immigrant from Uruguay who, after spending twenty years in America, recently became a naturalized U.S. citizen. Nestor decided to become a citizen to exercise his right to vote, as he feels this is an important moment for our country — especially for...

Generation Vote: Gwyn Smith

Gwyn Smith is a college student currently taking remote classes from her home in Berkshire County. Gwyn’s family isn’t really into politics, but she says the Parkland school shooting opened her eyes about the power of protest, voting, and participating in democracy....

Generation Vote: Matt Tibbitts

Growing up in Ludlow, one of liberal Massachusetts’ more conservative towns, gives first-time voter Matt Tibbitts a unique perspective. Matt is a first-generation college student and knows how access to a good public education can shape a person’s future. He believes...

Generation Vote: Emelyn Theriault

First-time voter Emelyn Theriault is helping staff her local polling place on Election Day. Emelyn views it as an opportunity to learn about her community and discuss politics with the other poll workers, who are mostly older and have a different perspective. She...

Generation Vote: Arpit Jain

Arpit Jain is an immigrant originally from India that now calls Westford, MA home. Arpit became a naturalized citizen in 2017, and for the first time is eligible to vote in a presidential election. Several of Arpit’s family members are also voting for the first time...

Generation Vote: Joseph Callahan

Encouraged by his older brother, Joseph Callahan first became active in politics as a student at West Springfield High School. Joseph identifies as a youth political activist and has been involved in local politics since 2015. He’s worked with both West Springfield...

Generation Vote: Alexa R.

Alexa is a high school senior with plans to pursue a career in government. She credits the 2016 election with sparking her interest in politics and emphasizing the importance of voting. Alexa joined Zydalis Bauer to talk about the issues that matter to her as a voter,...