“It makes a difference in our futures.” Millennials prepare to cast their ballot


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Are you registered to vote? If not, the deadline to do so is quickly approaching. This as the younger generation is gearing up for the November election.

“The first presidential debate had more views than any presidential debate until this point. It’s definitely one for the books,” said Mark Schelling, a Junior at Indiana State University.

This is his first year to vote in a presidential election. He takes pride in being able to cast a ballot. “I mean, it’s one of the few things you get to do as an American in your twenties,” said Schelling.

Millennials have surpassed baby boomers. There are almost as many eligible voters ages 18-35, as there are among 52-70 year olds.

“I think everybody should have a say in who is going to lead the country,” said Kai Higginblothan, a Freshman at Indiana State University.

“I think it’s important for people my age. I think we all have an opinion even though we are younger,” added Justin Swander, who is also a Freshman at ISU.

It’s uncertain whether those opinions will translate at the polls, unless the Society of Professional Journalists has anything to do with it.

“I think it’s important to follow along. It’s important to participate, no matter how you feel about the candidates,” said Kristen Kilker, President of SPJ at ISU.

The campus chapter was on hand at the commons Wednesday afternoon. Their booth is designed to give students the 411 on the voting process. “It is extremely important. A vote is a voice, and these students have a lot to say,” said Kilker.

Schelling wants to encourage fellow students to step up, in hopes of creating positive change.

“We’re going to go out into the workforce, and there will either be jobs or there won’t be. There will either be an economic depression or there won’t be, so it makes a big difference in our futures,” he said.

The last day to register is Tuesday, October 11th. You can still request an absentee ballot through November 1st.