We estimate that only 23% of eligible voters under age 20 cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections.
Young people in Takoma Park, Maryland, took advantage of the city recently lowering the voting age to 16.
In the Democratic primary race for the Massachusetts 7th District, Pressley drew support from precincts with more youth and people of color.
The youngest eligible voters (ages 18-19) tend to lag behind their older peers, highlighting the need for efforts to engage them in democracy.
Bernie Sanders performed much better in places with a high concentration of college students.
Across several highly competitive statewide elections, Democratic candidates performed better in counties with a high proportion of young people—especially youth of color.
Explore our comprehensive analyses of youth voter registration, including how young people register, why some don't, and why some registered youth don't vote.
Young people understand and are affected by the issues, and the younger they vote the more likely they will continue to do so for a lifetime.
The youth-led movement against gun violence has focused on voter registration, which may help increase the electoral engagement of the youngest eligible voters.
In 2014 and 2016, the youth vote choice captured by exit polls diverged slightly from subsequent survey findings.