Political groups seeking coveted millennials vote

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Many millennials are social activists, but researchers call them political dropouts. They have voted less often than any other generation in modern history.

With Tuesday being National Voter Registration Day, coming on the heels of the first presidential debate, there were several events across the Bay Area geared towards the prized voting bloc.

At the College of Marin, Nancy Anaya registered but is unhappy that the first time she'll ever cast a ballot, the choices are Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

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She says she's not swayed one way or another and that's a challenge for both presidential candidates.

There are nearly 76 million millennials, Americans between the ages of 18 and 35. They are a powerful voting bloc. Jack Davis, a senior at Dominican University, watched Monday night's debate and is on campus to encourage his classmates.

"It's really important that people take the opinions they have on social media and talking with friends and take it to a vote and make something change for real," he said.

ABC7 Political Analyst Carla Marinucci says millennials are the big question mark in this election.

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"So much is at stake here for the future of America, foreign relations, domestic issues, yet less than half of the millennials eligible to vote are expected to vote in this election," she explained.

"Neither party or candidate has been appealing to me so far," said one potential voter.

Millennials came out big for Barak Obama. But will they show up this November?

At Cal, voter registration was brisk. Monday night's debate was a motivator for Richard Yuh.

"I thought both candidates were strong," he said.

We'll learn in November if millennials decided to be part of that change.

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