CIRCLE’s Youth Electoral Significance Index rankings highlight that young voters can decide congressional elections all across the country.
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Our research shows that the environment and climate change is a top issue for young people and presents opportunities for broader youth outreach.
Research suggests that policies like online, automatic, and pre-registration can increase youth voter participation, especially where there is effective and equitable implementation.
We estimate that 20% of youth voted in New Jersey and 27% in Virginia, in both cases comparable to participation in previous gubernatorial elections.
Our 2020 data showed that young Asian women, young Black women, and young Latinas were more likely to talk politics, participate in elections, and fight racism.
These excerpts are part of CIRCLE's 2021 Youth Expertise Series, in which young people share ideas for how to fulfill the promise of the 26th Amendment.
Youth voter turnout was lower than in 2017 and highlights the need for continued efforts to reach and engage all young people.
Our work will help us understand how to make pathways to elected office and civic engagement more equitable and accessible.
CIRCLE’s survey of teens (ages 14-17) reveals that they’re active creating and sharing political content online, and that it helps them realize the power of their voice in public conversations.