Knocking on Doors: Youth Involvement for Nevada's 2018 Midterms

With the 2018 midterm elections fast approaching, volunteers, like Tyler Parry, 22, are busy canvassing in Reno neighborhoods. As part of the #NevadaVote pop up election newsroom, Karolina Rivas and Nathaniel Perez produced a mini-doc on a day in the life of a committed canvasser.


Tyler Parry checks off issues on clipboard discussed with a homeowner in Reno, Nevada on October 7, 2018. Screengrab of a video by Karolina Rivas and Nathaniel Perez.

Growing Registration Numbers


In 2017, more than 1,507,000 people were registered to vote in Nevada — the largest number of registered voters the state has seen. In September 218, that record was broken again with nearly 1,520,000 people now registered.


Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office said that there were nearly 1.5 million active, registered voters in the state following August voter registration drives.


Democrats grew their numbers by about 1.7 percent and make up about 38 percent of Nevada’s registered voters.


Among newly registered voters are younger people closer to Parry’s age.


Another voter registration canvasser, Sarah Wentz Bass, a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, wants to make sure her voice and those of other students are heard this election cycle.


“There’s too much at stake to sit on the sidelines this year, […] I want my voice heard and the voices of the thousands of students to be heard,” Bass said.


 A mini-doc in a day of the life of a canvasser by Karolina Rivas and Nathaniel Perez for #NevadaVote.

Large Young Voting Block


The largest voting block in the country is made up from people aged 18 to 30. However, the U.S. Elections Project reports only 58 percent of eligible voters casted a ballot in the 2016 presidential election.


Depending on participation for this upcoming election, Bass is hoping her generation gets involved.


“We have the power to be a deciding factor in races across the country and here in Nevada. It’s important for young people to get involved because our future depends on it. We will live with the consequences of the decisions being made today,” Bass said.


Parry also says it is crucial for the younger generation to become more involved in the political realm.


“So by seeing young people like myself being involved in the political process, it inspire other people to say, ‘Hey! If he can do it, So can I,’” Parry said.


Reporting by Karolina Rivas and Nathaniel Perez for Reynolds Sandbox


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