Some millennial's planning on not voting for either presidential candidate this fall

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From "I'm unsure" to "I'm not registered to vote," and even "I don't plan on voting at all," some Fresno State students aren't enthusiastic about the November election. (KFSN)

From "I'm unsure" to "I'm not registered to vote," and even "I don't plan on voting at all," some Fresno State students aren't enthusiastic about the November election.

"What I do know about the candidates, I mean, they're not really people I could vote for. I feel like either way I'm kind of screwed," said Taeya White, sophomore.

White isn't the only young adult who feels that way.

"The candidates that're running right now are kind of outrageous. Not really good leaders to me in my eyes," said Rodney Wilkerson, Fresno State junior.

And it's a sentiment not limited to Fresno. Dr. Lisa Bryant specializes in American political behavior. She said it's pretty typical for young adults to not vote, but at the beginning of this election cycle the forecast looked different.

"I think young people were really excited during the primaries, so we saw a lot of young voter enthusiasm about the election during the primaries."

It could explain why the voter registration is at an all-time high in California. A record-breaking 18.2 million people are registered, with roughly 12-percent millennial voters.

But Dr. Bryant said when it comes down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump some people don't want to pick.

"They saw that it's kind of just going to be politics as usual. It's going to be dirty, it's going to be nasty, there's not going to be any big changes. So I think we've seen their excitement about the process dwindle."

"I know a lot of my peers were going for like Bernie Sanders, and that was more the millennial candidate, don't really want to participate," said Andrea Calderon, Fresno State sophomore.

Dr. Bryant doesn't think the 18 to 25 age group turnout will be much different than 2012 election. But all other age groups should see a good turnout. She also said some people are already voting, and early voting numbers are lower than they normally are at this time.

The lagging numbers could indicate that people are waiting to see what happens closer to November.

"It's important for millennial's to vote because it's in everyone's hands and might as well contribute to that," said Kyle McGuire, Fresno State junior.

In some parts of the country the deadline to register already passed. Some states are even voting right now. But in California, the deadline to register is October 24th so you still have time.
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