Central New York, Community, Politics

Hispanic Millennials may impact the elections this year

Hispanic Millennials represent almost half of the Latino eligible voters this year. However, there are some first time Hispanic voters that do not know who to vote for yet.

By Angelica Rodriguez  SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)– There is less than two weeks to register to vote and some first time voters continue to be undecided on whom to vote for.

Syracuse University student and first time voter Eleazar Mendoza says the presidential elections are a mixture of feelings for him. Mendoza knows how important are this year elections are but he feels a little disappointed too.

“It is actually very sad too because of the candidates that are running,” expresses Mendoza.

Millennials like Mendoza are now the largest living generation in U.S. History. According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials (ages 18-34) have edged out baby boomers and now there are more than 75 million eligible to vote. How Millennials vote this November 8th could impact the future of U.S. politics in the next decades.

Hispanic Millennials as Mendoza represent almost half of the 27.3 million Latino eligible voters this year. According to Pew Research Center, this is the largest share than any other ethnic and racial group of voters in the country.

Mendoza is not clear on whom to vote but if he could ever talk to the presidential candidates, he would tell them a personal story that identifies many other Hispanics.

“What I would speak to them would be on immigration and the story of my parents,” says Mendoza. Eleazar’s parents came to the U.S. during the Salvadorian civil War (1980’s) undocumented and now became U.S. citizens.

“I would explain to them that there is a phase of immigrants here to do what they need to do and make their lives better,” says Mendoza.

Eleazar is not the only one disappointed on the Presidential candidates. According to another Pew Research Center’s study, this is the first time in the last 24 years that there has been significant decline on the positive views of the choice of presidential candidates.

More than 60 percent of registered voters are not too or not at all satisfied with the candidates. Meanwhile only one third of the registered voters are fairly satisfied with the choices.

Regardless of how unsure you are on who to vote for, it is important that you register as soon as possible. Here in Syracuse, the Onondaga Board of Elections said that since the deadline is approaching pretty soon, the best way to register is in person.

The only thing you need to do is go to the office and fill up the New York State Voter Registration Form.

For more information on Voting Registration here in Syracuse, you can enter the Onondaga Country Board of Elections’ website

Voter satisfaction with choice of candidates at lowest point in decades