FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Indiana Tech University senior Monique Goings says nothing is stopping her from voting this year.
“In order for your voice to be heard you have to vote and I definitely feel like using your right to vote is important because a lot of people don’t actually have that right,” said Goings.
Co-founder of Indiana Citizen Education Foundation Bill Moreau says there are two major factors Hoosiers are neglecting when it comes to the 2020 presidential election.
"Voter registration and turnout. In 2018, we were in the bottom 10 of states again,” said Moreau.
He says 34.7% of Hoosiers surveyed by the Census Bureau in 2018 said they were unregistered to vote.
And a recent Tufts University study shows Hoosier millennials are down in numbers, too.
“In the age cohort of ages 18 to 24, we’re actually down 11%,” said Moreau.
Monique Goings says the statistics don't provide a accurate picture of millennials today.
“I think there’s this kind of idea that because we haven’t voted in the past that we won’t participate in this election,” said Goings.
Her classmates share her sentiment and encourage their peers to become educated on voting if not already.
Indiana Tech senior Gicell Aleman says, “Just tell them...you actually matter. You actually live in a country that wants to hear your opinions.”
Moreau says the Secretary of State's website shows registered Hoosiers are on the rise, with 4,668,121 currently registered voters.
But he says that number is dramatically less than registered voters from 2016, and more intensified for those between ages 18 through 19.
“There were 92,000 in that age cohort in 2016. And on Aug. 24 of this year there were only 43,000," said Moreau.
But Indiana Tech senior Jalyl Pollard says contrary to the statistics, he sees his classmates and track teammates executing the plan...ensuring they register by the deadline.
He says, “Definitely around here... I see the narrative being different. Yes, we have to go out, cast our vote...cast our voice. We have to be heard.”
If you'd like to register to vote for the 2020 presidential election by the Oct. 5 deadline, click here.