Our research suggests local media was especially helpful to the youngest eligible voters and to youth of color.
White youth voted at the highest rate in 2020, but youth of color are closing the gap.
Our 2020 post-election youth poll showed that young Asian Americans were especially concerned about racial injustice and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Campaign contact, digital outreach, young people engaging their peers, and action on racial justice all contributed to higher youth voter turnout.
Youth electoral participation in 2020 was high and could be even higher if we support young people, who have varied priorities for the new administration.
We estimate that young people turned out at a higher rate in 2020 than in 2016, and their impact—especially youth of color's overwhelming support for Biden—was decisive in key races across the country.
Minnesota has had the strongest youth participation in the country in recent elections, and the youth vote could decide several House races in 2020.
Young people report benefits of participating in political activism on social media, but not all youth engage and benefit equally.
Less than 10% of young Black voters cast ballots by mail in 2016, and Black youth in our survey were more likely to say they had not seen information on mail-in voting.
Both Georgia Senate races, two House races, and the presidential race in the state are in our top-10 rankings of elections where youth can influence results.