According to data analyzed by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University, voter registration among young people trails the midpoint of 2018 in about half the states.
The American Prospect
To see almost twice as much voter turnout compared to the prediction, I have to believe young people played a role in that,” said CIRCLE Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg about the recent primary election and referendum in Kansas.
The Washington Post
The August 25 Washington Post editorial extensively cites CIRCLE data on youth voting and what it takes to knock down barriers to young people's civic participation at the ballot box.
In surveys around the 2020 election, CIRCLE, a civic research shop at Tufts University, found that 13% of people ages 18 to 29 marked climate change as their top concern, the most of any issue.
“Youth often have few people talking directly to them about politics, helping them make those connections with the issues they care about," says CIRCLE Deputy Director Abby Kiesa
"Interest in voting isn't some innate quality, it must be taught and nurtured by creating a culture in which youth can develop their voice," said CIRCLE's Alberto Medina.
A recent study by CIRCLE found that Pennsylvania is one out of the states in which the youth vote could disproportionately decide the winner.
In 2020, according to CIRCLE, over 50 percent of Gen Zers said they tried to convince peers to vote, often by sharing online petitions and other resources for their peers to see.