NextGen America founder Tom Steyer wants young people to know how they can defeat money in politics and make a difference in the upcoming elections.
“Andrew Gillum, the African American mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, won the Democratic primary to run for governor of Florida. Two weeks before that, pollsters thought that he had 15% of the vote and was fourth in a four-person field,” he explained. “But what happened over those two weeks, that the pollsters didn’t understand, was that the turnout from Democrats went up 70% from four years ago.”
Steyer believes that young people can take down money in politics while passing policies that mean something to them if they get out there and vote.
“This is a system which is designed specifically to deal with the actual human needs of our citizens, and when our citizens are convinced because over 40 years they haven’t gotten that kind of response from their elected officials and from the mainstream political parties, that is a crisis for our country,” he said. “If we show up, the people win. If we don’t show up, the money wins. It’s that simple. We have to show up.”
Steyer urges young people who haven’t done so already to register to vote at NextGenAmerica.org.