This essay is part of CIRCLE's 2021 Youth Expertise Series, in which young people share ideas, based on their experiences, for how to fulfill the promise of the 26th Amendment.
Through a partnership in Minneapolis, we studied how youth gain skills, contribute to their communities, and increase youth turnout by working at the polls.
Our research is informing the digital giant's efforts to use its platform for youth voter education and registration.
Like their slightly older peers, youth ages 18-21 are active and engaged in civic life. Are the institutions that help them develop as voters doing their part?
Our comprehensive scan of state codes that encourage or facilitate electoral engagement and education for youth before they turn 18
CIRCLE is working with partners to provide educators the resources and support they need to teach about elections and grow the next generation of voters.
Underage youth may not be able to vote in the general election, but their voices and actions can be a vital part of the political process
Multiple stakeholders have a role to play in creating the conditions for increased and more equitable youth voting.
We estimate that only 23% of eligible voters under age 20 cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections.
The youngest eligible voters (ages 18-19) tend to lag behind their older peers, highlighting the need for efforts to engage them in democracy.