Will Georgia's low voter turnout in midterm elections turn around for 2018?

    MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- As Georgia's 2018 midterms election get closer, some say the trend low voter turnout among college-aged students and adults will likely turn around.

    Students at Georgia College and State University (GCSU) in Milledgeville said they're hoping to change the historic trend.

    "Kind of being young, a lot of people like to talk the talk but they're not inclined to walk the walk," said Donald Schmidt.

    The last midterm election in 2014 saw around 17 percent of 18-24 year-old adults in Baldwin County vote. That's only 434 people.

    This midterm, Baldwin County is hoping to have higher numbers - but some say there's still one big problem.

    "Definitely everybody knows about it, everybody's talking about it but not everybody is acting on that knowledge," said student Matthew Krackenberger.

    Students at GCSU's College of Arts and Sciences know a thing or two about politics, but there's still an issue of getting students on campus to the voting booth.

    "They're going to be wanting to voice their opinions and things like that, but they rarely go to polls because I feel like people either don't find it to be important or just don't have the care to do so," Schmidt said.

    College-aged voters tend to be active on social media with their political opinions, but not active at the polls, and Dr. Keith Lee, assistant professor of political science and public administration at GCSU, has a reason why.

    "They like to engage in politics but for whatever reason they still feel like they don't know enough but for whatever reason, younger people feel like they have to have more knowledge to go vote," said Lee.

    "People think that maybe like a 10 second Instagram story carries an immense amount of weight. They're gonna say vote for Stacey Abrams or vote for Brian Kemp, but they don't go to polls and vote," Schmidt said.

    Voter turnout in general is usually low for midterm elections, but this year might be different in Georgia. As of Monday more than 600,000 people in the state have voted early according to the secretary of state's website.

    Some hope that trend is the same for younger voters and that they can keep the momentum going.

    "The problem next is going to be keeping people interested and keeping people involved when the national press leaves, when the cameras turn off, we still need to be on the ground fighting," Krackenberger said.

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