More Texans Voting Early, But Poll Shows Millennials Still Disconnected

Alan Scaia
November 02, 2018 - 7:11 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Texas Secretary of State says turnout has already topped levels from the entire early voting period in 2014. Through Wednesday, turnout was 32.4%. Texas surpassed the early voting total from 2014 just five days into the early voting period this year.

"We are smashing records from previous mid-term elections, and it looks like we are getting closer to presidential level turnout this year," says Sam Taylor, who works in the Secretary of State's office.

Early voting ends Friday.

While early voting has increased, an NBC poll shows people between the ages of 18 and 34 are still less likely to cast a ballot.

The poll shows 19 percent do not plan to vote. Twenty five percent say they are not sure if they will vote, and only 31 percent said they would definitely vote.

"You see a group of people who are driven by, 'How does help me now? How does this make my life better now?'" says Jasmine Marie, who works with IT Crowd Marketing in Dallas.

Marie says politicians may struggle to reach a generation of people who were raised with easier access to technology.

"You have to be fast, you have to be impactful, and you have to reach the market," she says.

The Texas Secretary of State says only 11 percent of voters in this year's Republican primary were younger than 40; 23 percent of Democratic voters were younger than 40.