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Voting is a foundational act of civic engagement and one of the most critical ways—though far from the only way—that young people can contribute to our democracy. It is also one of the areas of civic life in which we see stubborn, problematic inequities that prevent us from achieving a fully representative electorate and a truly equitable democracy.

As we do in every election cycle, CIRCLE is producing comprehensive analyses of young voters in 2022. Throughout the year, we'll share exclusive data and insights on young people's views and experiences; their potential influence on the elections; what they need to be prepared to vote; and what campaigns, organizers, educators, and other stakeholders can do to foster greater and more equitable youth engagement in 2022 and beyond.

Youth Electoral Significance Index

Too often, only a narrow group of youth are included in conversations about elections. But diverse communities of young people across the country have a critical role to play in our democracy. CIRCLE's Youth Electoral Significance Index (YESI) is a tool to direct attention and resources to young people in communities where they can have an especially high impact on election results.

The YESI is a set of data-based rankings of the races in which they have the highest potential to decisively shape the outcome. Based on more than a dozen indicators of youth demographics, registration rates, past turnout, and various other aspects of the local context in each state. the YESI highlights young people's massive electoral power and provides campaigns, organizers, and other stakeholders with a guide to where their outreach and resources can be most influential.

2022 Senate Top 10

From Arizona and Nevada to Florida and New Hampshire, explore the top 10 Senate races where youth could have a decisive impact on the result.

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2022 Governor Top 10

From Kansas and Wisconsin to Maryland and Georgia, explore the top 10 Governor races where youth could have a decisive impact on the result.

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Background - Youth Voting in Recent Elections

The 2022 midterms come on the heels of two straight election cycles in which young people dramatically increased their participation at the polls and had historic levels of voter turnout. That increase in youth voting was part of a trend of increased activism and civic engagement by young people who played—and continue to play—a leading role in movements to combat climate change, gun violence, and racial injustice. To better understand the state of youth voting and civic engagement in recent years, explore our data and analyses from the 2018 and 2020 elections.

Media Inquiries

CIRCLE experts are available to discuss our data, analyses, and insights about youth participation in the 2022 midterm elections. To ask a question, request an interview, or set up an informational conversation, email us at circle@tufts.edu.