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Youth Voting/Political Participation

This series of research products addresses: youth voting trends, recent Presidential & midterm primaries, caucuses and elections, voting laws, what works in getting out the vote (GOTV), and local political parties and youth.

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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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July 7th, 2014
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2014 Midterms: Why (Some) Registered Youth Don’t Vote

When it comes to youth political engagement, especially in midterm elections, getting youth to register is only half the battle. That is one of the takeaways from our latest fact sheet on young people’s registration and turnout rates in midterm elections, with particular focus on the 2010 contest, the election most comparable to the upcoming 2014 midterm.

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June 25th, 2014
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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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May 28th, 2014
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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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May 15th, 2014
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Solid Turnout of Teen Voters in Local Election

One of the recommendations outlined in the report from our Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge, is to experiment with lowering the voting age to 17 in municipal or state elections. Recently, the city of Takoma Park, Maryland, made just such a change to their voting regulations; and, last week, its 16 and 17-year-old residents became the first in the nation to cast a municipal ballot on Election Day.

November 12th, 2013
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