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2014 Midterms: How Youth Register to Vote

The gaps in voter registration between youth, aged 18-29, and older adults go beyond merely the registration rate, and include important differences in how and where they register to vote. That’s one of the highlights from our recent analysis of youth voter registration data which focuses especially on the 2010 midterm, the most comparable contest to this upcoming November’s election.

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High School Civics Requirements and Assessments Vary Across the U.S.

Last month, we released a brand-new interactive map of civic education policy in the United States, which provides a state-by-state look at key policies, such as whether states assess social studies, what civics courses they require, and whether states have service-learning standards. We scanned all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. in early 2014, updating CIRCLE’s Read More >

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CIRCLE Launches Interactive State-by-State Map of Youth Voter Turnout, Voter Registration, and Youth Demographics

With the 2014 election cycle underway, CIRCLE’s new, interactive state-by-state map includes historical trends and state-level data to inform those interested in youth and electoral engagement. The map includes voter turnout and registration rates in midterm and presidential elections for citizens aged 18-29, and for those 30 years old or more[1]. We have also provided Read More >

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2014 Midterms: Lessons from the 2010 Elections about Turnout among Registered Youth

With the 2014 midterm elections just over the horizon, conversations have begun about the potential influence of youth. CIRCLE has been studying this issue for some time. Youth participation is consistently lower in midterm elections than in presidential elections. Even when youth turnout in presidential elections has risen, midterm turnout has remained roughly the same. Read More >

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Youth Engagement in Extracurricular Activities and the Social Class Divide

Young people in the United States are starkly divided in how they use their leisure time. Some exclusively pursue their artistic or athletic passions and eschew other types of activities. Others spend their time on academic clubs, perhaps “building their resume” with an eye toward applying to selective universities. Still others are mostly disengaged from Read More >

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April 24th, 2014
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