Your Vote Matters – Opinions of Young Voices in the 2020 U.S. Election
Location:Zoom Admission: Free Language: English Registration: Please register via the Zoom link above
In 2020, young voters took their voices to the streets and ultimately to the ballot boxes, making a huge difference in key battleground states. Recent analyses show that 53 percent of eligible voters under the age of 30 cast their votes, which means that youth voter turnout was 8 percent higher than in the previous election. This raise is considered a response to key issues like the pandemic, racism, and climate change.
It’s the day after inauguration and we have invited young voters from across the political landscape to come together virtually. We will talk with them about why and how they voted this past election, their priorities when it comes to policy issues, and about their concerns and expectations regarding the new administration. After the moderated discussion, our panel will answer questions from the audience.
Jacob Sopiars graduated from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a specialization in the Social Sciences. After graduation, he completed his Master’s degree in education, focusing on curriculum development. He spent 3 years teaching U.S. History & World Geography at Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Illinois before moving to Stuttgart in 2018. Jacob has participated in several events for the DAZ including the 2020 election night coverage focusing on swing states and he currently presents on the city of St. Louis in celebration of the 60-year sister-city relationship with Stuttgart. He currently works as a Sales Enablement Lead at Sales Clover where he focuses on building training curriculum and onboarding processes for sales representatives.