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How Gen Z is changing politics

Poll worker Kashmir Keen feeds absentee ballots into a tabulator at the New Haven Hall of Records.
Ryan Caron King
Connecticut Public
Poll worker Kashmir Keen feeds absentee ballots into a tabulator at the New Haven Hall of Records.

As you prepare to cast your vote in this upcoming election, you may have questions about how campaigns work in Connecticut. This hour, we learn about the State Elections Enforcement Commission which oversees voter fraud allegations and campaign finance. We'll also talk about America's youngest voters, Gen Z. Ruby Belle Booth will provide insight on Gen Z's voting impact followed by an all-Gen Z roundtable.

Looking to dive deeper in today's discussion? Here are some resource links from the show.


  • Joshua Foley: Senior Attorney and Spokesman, State Elections Enforcement Commission
  • Ruby Belle Booth: Elections Coordinator, Tisch College Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement on the campus of Tufts University
  • Samuel Weinmann: University of New Haven Senior majoring in International Affairs. Executive Editor of Horseshoe Magazine
  • Cristian Corza: Graduate, UConn Hartford. Campaign Manager to Hartford Mayoral candidate Arunan Arulampalam
  • Yesenia Rodriguez: Graduate, Claremont McKenna College. Works for a non-profit back in her hometown of Philadelphia

Special thanks to our interns Lateshia Peters and Joey Morgan for hosting the Gen Z Roundtable.

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Wayne Edwards is a freelance producer at Connecticut Public contributing to multi-platform productions, including ‘Disrupted’, ‘Where Art Thou?’, and ‘Cutline in the Community’.<br/><br/>
Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show Disrupted. Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Wesleyan University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the director of audio storytelling and talk shows for Connecticut Public where she oversees the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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