There are more young people on the voter rolls because of the 2018 and 2020 elections, which is a huge boost, because it means they are more likely to be contacted by parties and organizations.
The young and civically-engaged need to be actively encouraged or financially supported to run for office, beginning at the local level, says CIRCLE fellow Sara Suzuki.
Young people in Georgia, ages 18 to 29, voted primarily for Democratic candidates in the 2021 Georgia Senate runoffs, voting 64% for Warnock, according to CIRCLE. More than 90% of young Black voters backed Democrats in that election.
Abby Kiesa, deputy director of Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, talked about youth voting and how millennials could affect the 2022 midterms.
Young women—and especially young women of color—played a critical role then, and are primed to do so now, explains Alberto Medina, who leads communications at Tufts University’s CIRCLE.
According to data from CIRCLE, Colorado youth have some of the highest voter turnout rates nationwide, ranking third in 2018 and 2020.
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Young Americans, too, have been registering at higher numbers this election season, says Abby Kiesa, deputy director of Tufts University's Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) maintains a 2022 Youth Electoral Significance Index that attempts to quantify where youth might have the biggest impact. For Senate races, CIRCLE placed Nevada third.
The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement found that 50% of people ages 18-29 voted in the 2020 presidential election, a remarkable 11-point increase from 2016.