The result of the 2020 presidential election is now official—Joe Biden has been elected the 46th President of the United States in a victory that was made possible by the huge turnout of young Americans and the decisive voter choice of young voters of color. President-elect Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, is the first woman, and the first person of Black and South-Asian descent, ever elected to serve as Vice President.

Young people turned out in record numbers in the 2018 midterms and were largely responsible for turning the tide of that election and sending the most diverse freshman class in United States history to Congress. Now, following years of advocacy, protesting, and organizing that was led overwhelmingly by young people of color, young voters again turned out in record numbers to demand a say in the future of this nation. According to initial exit polls, Millennials and Generation Z favored Biden by a greater margin than any other age demographic when deciding which candidate would best lead the United States forward. 

Brent J. Cohen, the executive director of Generation Progress, issued the following statement in response to the election.

“This election’s historic turnout among young voters was just a glimpse into the political power of young people. Millennials and Generation Z know that politics isn’t something that you show up for once every four years. Generation Progress will continue fighting for the issues that matter most to our generations, our nation, and the world.” 

For more information or to speak with an expert, contact eleach@americanprogress.org.

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