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Get Ready, America. Generation Z Is Heading To The Polls.

Kari Shea
While this will be the first time many Gen Zers cast a ballot, their political clout is only expected to grow in the coming years.

...Or at least to their mailbox. Whether voting by mail or in person, roughly 24 million members of Generation Z will have the chance to cast a ballot this November, introducing the nation to the newest and youngest generation of voters.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by two Gen Z voters, one Republican and one Democrat, to discuss the issues informing the voting choices of Americans in their late teens and early 20’s. Also, a look at a massive effort to register voters on one Iowa campus.


  • Michael Mitchell, senior at Waukee High School, high school membership director for College and Young Democrats of Iowa
  • Garrett Arbuckle, sophomore at Morningside College
  • Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa student and founder of Hawk the Vote
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa