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.
We estimate that 52%-55% of youth voted in 2020, and their impact—especially youth of color's overwhelming support for Biden—was decisive in key races across the country.
Minnesota has had the strongest youth participation in the country in recent elections, and the youth vote could decide several House races in 2020.
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.
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.
The state is top-5 in our rankings of where young people can influence presidential and Senate election results in 2020.
CIRCLE's exclusive rankings of the states and districts where youth can decide elections this November illustrate the power of young voters.
Data from CIRCLE polling shows that young women voted at higher rates than men in 2018, are more likely to support social movements and engage in activism, and feel prepared to participate in civic life.
The former Vice President lost the youth vote to Bernie Sanders by double digits, suggesting he still has work to do to appeal to young voters.