As a group, states that strengthened their civic standards have higher youth turnout, though the biggest shift was between 2004 and 2008
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Pushback actions against voter ID laws and other legislation may have helped counteract their potentially suppressing effect on the youth vote.
We estimate that 66% of young people with at least some college experience voted in 2012, compared with 35% of those who have not attended college
In two new fact sheets we provide in-depth analysis of differences between younger and older voters, and between young voters of different identities.
We estimate that turnout was even higher in battleground states, and that young people's support for the President was key to his reelection.