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Increase in young voter registration nationwide

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A record 1.5 million people registered to vote three weeks ago during National Voter Registration Day, according to its website.

Organizations including Rock the Vote, Next-Gen America and When We All Vote saw large turnouts of young voters but it's also happening locally too.

At John Wood Community College, TRIO Student Support Services has noticed that students are being very proactive and are registering themselves to vote for the upcoming November election.

The college also has a community based outreach program for students and the public to learn about the presidential election. Officials said students have asked a lot of questions during those programs and have prepared themselves for November 3.

"Yeah, I especially think in this year, I think students and people in general want to know that people care, people are thinking about us, and we have a platform, and this is a platform that we have once every four years," Bridget Quinlivan, TRiO Student Support Coordinator of Academics said.

The next event is on October 28th when political science professor Justin Coffey from Quincy University will give a presentation on why young people should go out and vote.

It's from 7:00 pm - 8:30 p.m.

But that's not the only way to influence young voters. Social media has had a big impact.

Apps like Facebook, Snapchat, and TikTok have provided constant reminders about voting and the young professionals group in Quincy said that's important for young voters.

The Quincy young professionals group just posted some information on its Facebook page about how to vote in Adams County.

Committee members said there is a certain window for young people to act on what they read.

"We make that snap judgement, " Jarid Jones, director of Quincy Young Professionals. "Am I ready? Am I ready for this? Am I ready to have my voice be counted. Honestly, it's very important. It's very important for us to have our voice be counted as the young generation which is the next generation that is going to make up the population or put our imprint on things."

The page has more than 1,000 followers and they hope those messages will educate people and spread to hundreds more.

Adams County Clerk Ryan Niekamp said an example of social media providing an impact is when the office was in need of younger election judges this year due to COVID-19.

He said several young people have stepped up to help on November 3 which has been a big help this year.

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Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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