Millennials now outnumber baby boomers - and they aren't voting

Millennials (born between 1982 and 2000) are now the largest generation in the U.S. with an estimated population of 83.1 million; that’s bigger than the baby boomer generation. Although their numbers are significant, they aren’t showing up to vote.

In the 2012 election, the voting rate for those aged 18-29 was 38 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s both historically low (the voting rate for this group was 50.9 percent in 1964) and low relative to other age groups. For example, 63.4 percent of those aged 45 to 64 voted in the same election. The turnout for those aged 65 and older was nearly double the 18-29 rate.

Since 1964, the young voter rate has varied – hitting peaks in 1992 and 2008 – but has always stayed below the 50 percent mark. Over the last fifty years, however, one thing remains constant: young adults consistently vote at lower rates than other age groups.