Push to energize young voters in Okeechobee County for next election cycle

1-in-10 eligible voters in 2020 electorate were from Generation Z
Posted at 6:14 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 18:31:54-05

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fla. — As Florida voters move past Election Day, the push to energize voters is far from over.

In Okeechobee County, the effort to inspire the next generation is already underway.

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Melissa Arnold won the election for the Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections office.

Her goal is to spark youth civic engagement by using social media and community involvement.

"I feel like that is really resonated with young voters because I feel that's how they get information," Arnold said.

Arnold also wants to improve accessibility to the ballot box by ensuring everyone has a way to get to the polls. She offered free rides to voters during the early voting period and on Election Day.

"Being in the community, like fairs and festivals, to educate the community is huge," Arnold said. "It's so important that our citizens are well informed so they can make educated choices."

More than 70 percent of registered voters in the county cast their ballot in the election.

Arnold is already planning for the next election cycle and making sure area residents are registered and informed about the voting process.

Melissa Arnold, Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections
Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elections Melissa Arnold is passionate about registering young voters and sparking youth civic engagement.

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your next Supervisor of Elections," Arnold announced in a social media post Tuesday night. "I sincerely appreciate everyone who has helped me along the way. I will do my best to propel Okeechobee forward with excellence and Christian values."

According to Pew Research Center, one-in-10 eligible voters in the 2020 electorate were part of a new generation of Americans -- Generation Z.

The nonpartisan fact tank reports Gen Z voters will see steady growth in political clout in the coming years as more reach voting age.

Click here for more information about registering to vote in Okeechobee County.