They see a lot of ambition. They think it’s deserved. In the end, they don’t think they’re seeing many concrete signs of real change. In a new documentary, Gabby Schwab investigates why young voters — which historically turn out at a significant rate in general elections — have not been as vital this time around. Schwab spent a year in 18 battleground states and America’s major cities following 18,000 voters from the ages of 18 to 35, from cosmopolitan, self-described “glamorous,” urban families like hers down to economically troubled, low-income homes.
Running on PBS stations this weekend, Early Voting documentary, which combines interviews with young voters at work and school with hard-to-cut footage of scenes from their daily lives, sheds light on why this generation feels disconnected from politics at the moment. Schwab opens by noting that while “America seems fixated on children and not children’s issues,” younger voters are growing up with the power to change their families and communities. But, she writes, “they don’t see anyone on the landscape acting on that power.”
Once you’ve seen the film, check out the second half of her report below.
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