Despite making up nearly half of Mecklenburg County’s voting-age population, people under the age of 40 only cast 20 percent of the votes in November’s election.
Meanwhile, people over age 65 cast a quarter of the county’s ballots while making up just 13 percent of the voting-age population.
None of this is new, or necessarily surprising. But it’s noteworthy in an election year that sent six people under the age of 40 to the City Council — an unprecedented number.
Political observers have long been looking for the tipping point when the Millennial generation will seize control of electoral politics. This data from the county Board of Elections demonstrates that it’s still a long way off. Don’t expect local candidates to bend over backward trying to campaign among 20- and 30-somethings.
But the data also shows that younger politicians have been effective in communicating their message to older voters. That will continue to be the strategy.