Differences in access to information and support for electoral participation continue to be reflected in unequal voting rates among youth.
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Bringing young people as leaders and equitable participants into organizations or efforts aimed at youth engagement can be a productive strategy—if it's done right.
Spaces where youth can learn, discuss, and wield political information can build confidence in political involvement and lead to higher likelihood of voting.
CIRCLE's two decades of research on K-12 civic education has shone a light on issues and concerns reflected in decreasing scores.
New research suggests that civic engagement can be associated with worse mental health for youth, but having access to community assets and strong connections can help.
With librarians serving as trusted civic educators, libraries can be spaces for nonpartisan voter registration, for youth-led conversations about issues, and for creating media.
Engaging young people and supporting their electoral participation must happen year-round, and it’s never too early to start with an eye toward 2024.
Many of the states with high youth voter turnout in the 2022 midterm elections had strong policies that make it easier to register and vote.
Data from our post-election survey suggests that youth in states with facilitative electoral laws may have faced fewer barriers to vote.