‘Laziness’ a factor in low millennial voter turnout, top Mississippi election official says


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While national experts predict a record turnout among millennials on Election Day, a top Mississippi election official doesn’t have such high hopes.
Kim Turner, an assistant secretary of state who oversees the office’s elections division, dished last month at a public forum about why turnout among people aged 18 to 34 is so low.
“They’re not used to going to a post office and mailing a letter or buying a stamp or some of these things that are relatively easy to do in this generation that now has an app for everything,” Turner said of young voters while speaking on a panel sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council in late October.
“You basically don’t have to leave the house if you don’t want to. You can get food delivered to you, groceries delivered to you. Target will deliver to you — Netflix, movies on demand. You don’t have to leave the house. I’ve also talked to a lot of other elected officials: There is a laziness, and that maybe goes hand in hand with what I’m saying about the ease of access for so many different products and services. There is an apathy on part of our voters.”
Turner did not immediately responded to a follow-up request for clarification of her remarks.
Leah Rupp Smith, a spokeswoman for the secretary of state’s office said the agency is concerned about a lack of interest in elections at any level.
“We have held public forums across the State, led hundreds of schools to ‘Promote the Vote,’ participated in voter registration drives at universities, engaged our local election officials, and helped thousands of Mississippi men and women who are fighting overseas cast their ballots, among other programs and initiatives,” Smith told Mississippi Today.
“We are hopeful all of these efforts by officials and others in the State make