Ready, set, go: Thousands more young Floridians registered to vote. What will it mean come November?

NextGen Florida
NextGen Florida members. Credit: NextGen Florida.

Hear that rumble?

That’s the sound of young people ready to march to the polls in November, says NextGen Florida, an affiliate of a national organization mobilizing, and registering, young people to vote.

The Florida chapter announced Tuesday that it has roughly 23,000 more young people registered to vote since the Aug. 28 primary. That’s a total of 41,000 people under age 29 registered since efforts began a year ago.

Young people – ages 18 to 29 – are historically bad at making it to the polls, especially in midterm elections, but the February shooting in Parkland, Fl, may have had a serious impact on young Floridians’ mentalities toward politics.

According to a recently released data firm analysis, the number of young people registered to vote since the Feb. 14 shooting has increased so much it’s considered a “surge” of new registrants – a 7.9 percent increase.

American billionaire Tom Steyer put $3.5 million toward the group to get it off the ground last year.  Last week, Steyer pushed $1 million more into a national campaign – Black Lives Rising – to increase turnout among young black voters in cities across the U.S., including Tallahassee and Daytona Beach.

NextGen America has been organizing on 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including four in Florida, where they say voter turnout was higher in the primary.

Florida’s midterm election is Nov. 6.


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