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African American Youth: Political Engagement Trends

In the past three election cycles (2008, 2010, 2012), young African Americans turned out to vote at a higher rate than youth of any other racial or ethnic group. That’s one of the primary takeaways from our recently released fact sheet on the voting and political engagement trends of African American youth.

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October 10th, 2014
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UPDATED – 2014 Midterms: Young Voters in Competitive Senate Races

A handful of competitive races in states like Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina may decide which party has control of the U.S. Senate this November, and data suggests that young voters could play an important role in these nationally watched contests.

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October 10th, 2014
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Strengthening Democracy: Girls’ Leadership and K-12 Education

The troubling gender gap that can result in lower civic and political participation among young women can begin as early as middle school, which makes schools an important focus of research. That is the message of Taking the Lead: How Educators Can Help Close the Gender Leadership Gap, a new report on girls and women Read More >

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October 1st, 2014
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#CelebrateNVRD: Tuesday, September 23rd is National Voter Registration Day

Voter registration is a vital component of the U.S. electoral system; one of the keys that unlocks the door to our democracy. Voter registration is also a shared civic duty, not the responsibility of a single government office or advocacy organization. During the 2012 election cycle, a group of organizations came together to establish a Read More >

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September 22nd, 2014
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Youth Engagement by Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Our Quick Facts pages provide an overview of major data points and trends on each topic and provide links to key research products. We recently updated the Quick Facts on Trends by Race, Ethnicity, and Gender. Highlights include: Electoral engagement—voter turnout, vote choice, party ID—can differ significantly by sub-group. In 2012, Young Black and Hispanic Read More >

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August 13th, 2014
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