Minnesota has had the strongest youth participation in the country in recent elections, and the youth vote could decide several House races in 2020.
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However, in 16 states, registration among youth ages 18-19 is lower than in 2016, suggesting the pandemic may have hindered efforts to reach the youngest eligible voters
This is part of our Youth Expertise Series, in which young people use their experiences to speak about how we can improve youth civic engagement and civic life.
Data shows that, in recent presidential elections, young people made up their minds about who to vote for later than older voters.
Young people report benefits of participating in political activism on social media, but not all youth engage and benefit equally.
In half of the states ranked in the top 10 of our Youth Electoral Significance Index, at least a third of the population lives in rural areas.
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.
According to our survey, more than half of young people could not correctly identify whether someone with a felony conviction can vote in their state, and almost half believe those with misdemeanors can't vote, which is not true anywhere.
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.