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ALABAMA

Alabama key fact #1: In 2012, there are an estimated 754,000 18-to 29-year-old citizens eligible to vote in Alabama;.1

Alabama key fact #2: In 2012, an estimated 40.3% of young people in Alabama cast a ballot. This is a decrease from 2008 when an estimated 53.10% of young people in Alabama cast a ballot.2

Alabama key fact #3: In 2012, an estimated 56.1% of young people were registered to vote in AL.2

Below is more information on the youth vote by state:

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18-to-29 year-old eligible to vote in the 2012 election

18-to-29 year-old turnout in 2012

18-to-29 year-old turnout in 2008 (most recent)

18-to-29 year-old turnout in 2004 (most recent election in which only one party had a competitive primary)

18-to-29 year-old turnout in 1996 (most recent in which only Republicans had a competitive primary)

Alabama

754,000

40.3%

53.1% 47.2% 37.3%

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS) March 2011, Census Current Population Survey (CPS) November Supplement 2012

Historical Information about Young Voters in Alabama (ages 18 to 29) from State Exit Polls (1996-2008)

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2012

2008

2004

2000

1996

Young Voters Party Identification

Democratic Party

NA 39.70% 36.39% 40.68% 36.45%

Republican Party

NA 40.28% 49.06% 42.72% 42.27%

Independent

NA 13.73% 10.23% 14.85% 16.14%

Political Ideology of Young Voters

Liberal

NA 22.05% 15.70% 17.01% 23.42%

Moderate

NA 40.92% 43.13% 45.13% 42.00%

Conservative

NA 37.03% 41.16% 37.86% 34.58%

Vote Choice

Democratic Candidate

48% 50% 41% 50% 42%

Republican Candidate

52% 49% 57% 50% 46%

Other Candidate

0% 1% 2% 1% 12%

Source: State Exit Polls conducted by Voter News Services (1996 and 2000) and National Election Pool (2004, 2008, 2012). Data provided courtesy of Roper Center, University of Connecticut.

1. U.S. Census, Current Population Survey, 2011 March Basic Supplement

2. U.S. Census, Current Population Survey, 2008 November Voting and Registration Supplement

*State data, and especially state exit poll results, are subject to sampling error and should be used with caution.

Longitudinal Graphs for Voter Turnout among 18-to 29-year-olds and 30+