CIRCLE estimates that 27 percent of eligible young voters cast ballots this election, the second-highest turnout for a midterm in nearly 30 years. “This is a continuation of young people showing up to do the work,” says Abby Kiesa, CIRCLE’s deputy director.
"In close races, the big margins from young people, from youth of color, from young Latinos, can be really influential," Alberto Medina, CIRCLE’s communications lead, told NBC News.
According to new data shared by Tufts University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, young people were the only age group in which a strong majority supported Democrats.
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"We are seeing a really active generation that start to vote early, as soon as they're eligible to vote, and continue to vote throughout this generation," said CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg
CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg talks about young people's electoral impact in the 2022 midterms.
"Young people absolutely did have a role in preventing that red wave from materializing as it was predicted to," said CIRCLE's elections coordinator Ruby Belle Booth.
“In many states youth overcame changes to election laws that posed direct barriers to participation and a lack of strong and continued investment in youth registration,” said our director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg.
On Here & Now, Journalist Rachel Janfaza cited CIRCLE data on young people's participation and impact on the 2022 midterm election.
Ruby Belle Booth, CIRCLE's elections coordinator, said this year's election represents "a continuation of high civic engagement" among young people in recent years.