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COLORADO

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

Colorado key fact #2: In 2012, an estimated 55.7% of young people in Colorado cast a ballot. This is an increase from 2008, when an estimated 52.30% of young people in Colorado cast a ballot.2

Colorado key fact #3: In 2012, an estimated 61.2% of young people were registered to vote in CO.2

Below is more information on the youth vote by state:

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)

Colorado

754,000

55.7%

52.3% 49.5% 39.9%

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

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

2012

2008

2004

2000

1996

Young Voters Party Identification

Democratic Party

NA 25.75% 25.83% 37.47% 26.92%

Republican Party

NA 26.02% 36.74% 27.39% 40.04%

Independent

NA 30.23% 29.39% 26.95% 27.57%

Political Ideology of Young Voters

Liberal

NA 13.17% 26.50% 35.61% 28.06%

Moderate

NA 44.91% 42.15% 44.65% 46.18%

Conservative

NA 41.93% 31.35% 19.73% 25.76%

Vote Choice

Democratic Candidate

60% 50% 51% 46% 49%

Republican Candidate

37% 48% 47% 41% 39%

Other Candidate

3% 2% 2% 13% 13%

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+