CIRCLE Launches Interactive State-by-State Map of Youth Voter Turnout, Voter Registration, and Youth Demographics
UPDATE 8/2/16: CIRCLE changed the variable for determining age using the Catalist voter file between 2012 and 2014. It should be noted that on the map and related PDFs for each state, 2012 estimated votes cast by age used the variable “Age” from the Catalist voter file and for 2014, estimated votes cast used the variable “Birthdate” to calculate age at the time of the 2014 election.
With the 2014 election cycle underway, CIRCLE’s new, interactive state-by-state map includes historical trends and state-level data to inform those interested in youth and electoral engagement. The map includes voter turnout and registration rates in midterm and presidential elections for citizens aged 18-29, and for those 30 years old or more. We have also provided 2014 data on citizen population counts by age, as well as population shares for youth aged 18-24 and aged 18-29.
For even greater context, each state has a two-page, printable quick fact sheet that can be downloaded by double-clicking on a state on the map.
How to use the map:
1 – The tabs at the top of the map provide views of midterm election, presidential election and citizen population indicators.
2 – Control your view by using the indicator box on the upper left hand corner of the map screen or via a drop down menu in the box below the three key tabs. A map legend (lower left hand corner) indicates the range of color gradations for each indicator and a time scale will progress you through the historical data for midterm elections (1982-2010) or presidential elections (1980-2012).
You can zoom in and out of the map by using a navigation button located on the lower right hand corner near the CIRCLE logo.
3 – In addition to the interactive map, you can view the data in column, bar, and line graph formats as well as bubble charts and scatter plots. You can access these views from the center window on the upper left hand portion of that window.
The interactive map also allows you to create comparisons between states by selecting them in the regions box (upper right hand corner). On the lower left hand corner of the map screen area, you can also modify the view of the map itself, making it full screen, showing and hiding certain features, adding proportional symbols, or bringing up a table with one or more indicators. You can also export the data, graphs or map itself. Please note that certain browsers may prevent data export.
Please explore the map and see what you unearth. You can find a more extensive user guide to the software behind this map at StatPlanet Resources. If you have questions about data provided on this map or on the two-page quick fact sheets, or questions about navigating or using the map, please contact CIRCLE’s Senior Research, Felicia Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to explore the map.
 Election data are from CIRCLE analysis of U.S. Census Current Population Survey, November (Voting ) Supplements 1980-2012. Citizen population counts are from U.S. Census Current Population Survey March Supplement, 2014.