Coronavirus, Politics

Young Voter Engagement, In The Days Of The Coronavirus Pandemic


Christian Zimm, with the Buckhead Young Republicans, and Juliette Lochman, communications director for the Young Democrats of Atlanta, discussed their plans locally to engage young voters.
Christian Zimm, with the Buckhead Young Republicans, and Juliette Lochman, communications director for the Young Democrats of Atlanta, discussed their plans locally to engage young voters.
Credit Maria White Tillman / WABE

Georgia’s presidential primary is on hiatus, rescheduled for May 19, because of concerns over the coronavirus.

And with that concern comes another: What will the shift do in terms of voter engagement, especially among younger voters?

WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress spoke to Juliette Lochman, communications director for the Young Democrats of Atlanta, and Christian Zimm, of the Buckhead Young Republicans.

Burress talked with them about their plans locally to engage young voters. Among the questions Burress asked:

  • Virtual and digital tools are great ways to reach especially younger people. Are you all stepping up efforts on that front? What does that look like?
  • We’re at a pivotal moment politically, especially on the national front. But all politics are local, as they say. Is there concern among your group about what voter sentiment nationally could mean when it comes to down-ticket offices? Either good or bad?
  • What engages young voters?
  • In the next two months, what does the campaign front look like for each of you?

 

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