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Idaho Gen Z Teens Reflect On Voting For The First Time In A Consequential Election

Tyler McMillan (left) and Sofi Serio say they are energized to keep voting after their first experience in 2020.


Young people have been at the center of some of the organizing that seems to be defining this moment in history. They have led sustained protests against ongoing racial injustice and police brutality, climate injustice and gun violence, and they’ve organized and gotten people registered to vote. For many members of Gen Z, people born after 1996, this is the first year they were eligible to vote

Last week, we introduced you to 16-year-old Shiva Rajbhandari. He’s a Boise student involved with the non-partisan group Babe Vote which leads get out the vote efforts in idaho. Rajbhandari joins IdahoMatters again today to talk about the power of his generation. 

After our conversation with Rajbhandari, we hear from two 18-year-olds who voted for the first time this election: Tyler McMillan and Sofi Serio. They reflect on the mix of disappointment and optimism they feel after their first voting experience. 


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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!
Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.