Young people of color are critical in this electoral battleground, but new voting laws pose challenges to equitable participation.
Voter turnout across the South a region where voting by mail was generally not as easy, ranged from 56% in Virginia to 34% in Oklahoma.
The data suggests outreach to young Black voters worked, and their overwhelming preference for the Democratic candidates may have been decisive.
The runoff elections for both Georgia seats will determine control of the Senate, and mobilizing Black youth in the state may be a decisive factor.
Campaigns are leaving millions of votes on the table by not engaging young people, who often face challenges to electoral participation.
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.
CIRCLE's exclusive rankings of the states and districts where youth can decide elections this November illustrate the power of young voters.
In several states and districts in our Youth Electoral Significance Index, youth of color could be a decisive electoral force this November.
Across several highly competitive statewide elections, Democratic candidates performed better in counties with a high proportion of young people—especially youth of color.
In all 42 states for which data is available, the percentage of eligible young people who cast ballots was higher in 2018 than in 2014.