If younger people of voting age don’t want the older generation calling the shots, then May 6 would be a good time to head to the polls for area elections.

In fact, all who are registered to vote should be heard.

Portland State University’s recent study of U.S. mayoral races in 2015 indicated the median age of voting San Antonians was 63 years old.

In addition, 31 percent of registered voters over the age of 65 cast ballots in that race, compared to 3.6 percent of ages 18-34.

In short, the study concluded, the older set has 20 times the electoral clout of the up-and-comers.

Probably just as significant is the overall apathy regarding local elections. During the aforementioned mayoral race of two years ago, less than 11 percent of registered voters even bothered participating.

These figures represent a very small number of individuals making major decisions for the rest of us on candidates, taxation and school funding.

It’s ironic how young people can be motivated to take part in national politics, but millennials don’t seem to care whether they influence races much closer to home.

Yet, it can be argued local elections have more of a direct impact on our daily lives than what’s happening in Washington, D.C., and Austin.

Both in San Antonio and the region, young and old voters alike get a wonderful opportunity May 6 to take control of their destinies by playing a role in the democratic process.

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