PHOENIX – Millennial voters are poised to make a sizable impact in the 2016 election cycle, and experts say young black voters will likely lead the way.
The young black vote has outpaced the white and Latino vote in the past two elections, according to a report by the Black Youth Project, a national research project that examines the attitudes, resources and culture of African American youth.
Black millennials will likely have a strong showing again this election cycle, said Jessica Pierce, the national co-chair of Black Youth Project 100, the advocacy arm of Black Youth Project.
These voters are concerned about how national and local elections will directly affect their lives and are focused on issues such as criminal and economic justice.
“I don’t think that at this point, it’s something about candidates,” Pierce said. “It’s really about our issues and voting for our livelihood.”