Something big needs to change in how we prepare youth to vote, expand the electorate, and create a more equitable and representative democracy.
A New Paradigm to Expand the Electorate
CIRCLE Growing Voters is a new report and framework that challenges institutions and communities to take an active role in equitably preparing the next generation of voters to participate in democracy. Join us on June 14 as we release a major report and launch this initiative.
Impact on 2022
The 2022 YESI ranks the Senate and Governor races in which youth can have a decisive impact on 2022 election results.
Youth Voices and Votes are Critical to Elections
CIRCLE’s 2022 Youth Electoral Significance Index quantifies young people's potential for electoral impact and, critically, to serve as a tool for stakeholders to direct their efforts and resources to reach diverse communities of youth across the country.
CIRCLE at 20
Read our 20th anniversary report and consider how you can partner with us for the work ahead.
A Chronicle of Our Impact and Future Roadmap
2021 marked CIRCLE's 20th anniversary. We produced a report to document our impact over the past two decades and to highlight how we'll address the challenges of preparing all youth for democratic participation in the years to come.
CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg served as principal investigator of this effort to transform civic education in America.
Educating for American Democracy
Preparing all young people to be engaged and effective participants in their communities and in democracy requires more than just reinvesting in civic education: it requires reshaping it to meet the needs of a diverse 21st century student body.
We're sharing comprehensive data and analyses on young people's participation and influence on the 2020 election.
Youth Voting in 2020
The 2020 election cycle was unprecedented: young people coped with a pandemic, took to the streets, and cast early ballots in record numbers. Our in-depth analyses of youth participating we're providing data and insights on their engagement and impact at every level in the 2020 election.
Young women, especially youth of color, could play an even larger role in the 2022 midterm elections.
CIRCLE’s Youth Electoral Significance Index rankings highlight that young voters can decide congressional elections all across the country.
Our research shows that the environment and climate change is a top issue for young people and presents opportunities for broader youth outreach.
Research suggests that policies like online, automatic, and pre-registration can increase youth voter participation, especially where there is effective and equitable implementation.
We estimate that 20% of youth voted in New Jersey and 27% in Virginia, in both cases comparable to participation in previous gubernatorial elections.