‘Battle of the ages’ wages on during 2020 election

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUTNY (WBRE/WYOU) – It’s a battle of the ages, literally. The consistency of the older generations’ record versus the passion and activism of some of our youngest registered to vote.

Candidates hit the home stretch to gain your support as generations clash over who’s voice will be louder.

“The older voter is really going to tilt this election,” said Pennsylvania state director of AARP Bill Johnston-Walsh. “They’re going to be out there. You know, 60% of them went out in 2018. 55% of them have voted in in 2016 and we believe that that number is even going to be larger now.”

AARP is confident those with a consistent voting record will continue to dominate the turnout. Young advocates on both sides of the aisle think youth representation in the ballots will rival that of 2008 and 2012.

“I think one of the big things is you have an entire generation of people who were 16-17 years old in 2016 maybe a little bit younger who are now finally eligible to vote,” said Tony Thomas of the Luzerne County Young Democrats.

Both age brackets agree that informed decisions are crucial. Older and younger voters have access to research to find out which candidates would best represent them.. from healthcare to immigration, as well as social justice and the nation’s future — amid a global pandemic.

“I think those are gonna be the issues that are gonna sway, who wins Pennsylvania we know it’s a battleground state,” said Johnston Walsh. “We know that we’re the keystone and where we go I think is where the election goes,”

“No matter how old you are, I think it’s still really important to get out and vote because you have a choice in your voice,” said Eryn Harvey with the Luzerne County Young Republicans.

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