How Millennials View Nov. 8 Election

By Michael Hill

Planning Board member Kristen Bond is a millennial, 27 years old, campaigning for Glen Rock Borough Council opposing another millennial, 24-year-old Bill Leonard.

Bond says even though she’s encouraged fellow millennials to register to vote, she knows why they dread Nov. 8.

“I feel burned out about the election which I think a lot of millennials are. There is so much all over Facebook. People are burned about what’s going on and the things that have been said. You watch the debates but some people have said, ‘I’m just going to sit this one out,'” she said.

Leonard echoes Bond on the importance.

“I know it’s not too glamorous, but local politics really does affect your everyday life,” Leonard said.

Because of the tone of the national campaign and to inspire the electorate, Hudson County Young Democrats and Young Republicans decided to hold a debate. No candidates. Just a discussion of the issues.

“We’re focusing on a few key issues that we don’t feel — both the Republicans and Democrats — we don’t feel have had enough discussion and conversation around,” said Hudson County Young Democrats President and Co-Founder Brian Platt.

Young Democrats say they’ve registered about 1,000 people in Hudson County to vote regardless of their political affiliation.

Young Republicans say many millennials live at home with their parents because of the economic climate and all the issues on the November ballot matter.

“Voting is a good way to try to address some of the challenges that are facing our country and make a better economic climate for the country but also for your bottom line,” said Hudson County Young Republicans Chairman Josh Sotomayor-Einstein.

Since Aug. 18, a steady stream of nearly 13,000 New Jerseyans have made their way to the Hudson County elections office to register.

“Eight years ago was a big volume as well hard to say if it was this voluminous,” said Hudson County Deputy Superintendent of Elections John Brzozowski.

Bill Robinson said 2012 was the last time he voted because he didn’t like the candidates in recent elections.

“I have to because you don’t know which way it’s going to go,” he said.

This voter insisted on fixing her voter registration application.

“This is the most important election I think I’ve ever voted in,” said Caryn Trbovic.

Why does she say that?

“I just feel very strongly about not having one particular candidate in office,” she said.

Tuesday, Oct. 18 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.