The Times podcast: The Gen Z vote battle

A woman at a ballot drop box
Ada Mariano, a political science major at UC Irvine, ran to the ballot drop box between classes in 2020.
(Stephanie Lai / Los Angeles Times)

Tuesday’s midterms are among the most consequential elections in decades. As Democrats and Republicans fight for control, there’s one group with millions of eligible voters that both parties desperately want: Generation Z.


Pundits point out that this generation is on track to be better educated, more ethnically diverse and more liberal than others. That would seem to bode well for the Democratic party and spell doom for the Republicans. But both parties wonder: Will Gen Z actually go out and vote?

Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times staff writer Arit John

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