Young voters in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania gave Democratic candidates a winning advantage in close races.
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.
In every state we're tracking, the youth share of the early vote is higher than in 2016, and in eight states youth have already cast more votes than the 2016 presidential margin of victory.
Our exclusive, data-driven ranking highlights the 2016 races where young people have the highest potential to decide elections.
We explore how closely contested elections and ballot initiatives about hot-button issues influenced youth participation in the 2014 midterms.