How Youth Can Swing Elections: Lessons from 2014
A new CIRCLE analysis of four 2014 Senate races shows that young people may have had a significant impact on the results, once again pointing to the importance of the youth vote at a time when campaigns and candidates are seeking to mobilize voters for 2016.
Before the past midterm elections, we projected that young people in Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina were primed to make a big difference at the polls. In each state, which was won by a margin of 2 percent or less, the number of votes cast by young people was at least double and up to five times the margin of victory. In Louisiana, for example, young voters propelled Mary Landrieu to a runoff by supporting her with 50% of their votes, higher than any other age group. While in North Carolina, for instance, 53% of youth voted for Kay Hagan—but not enough of them turned out to swing the contest in her favor.
Webinar: Youth Election Data
On January 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10: a.m. PT, CIRCLE will host a discussion and capacity-building webinar for practitioner groups planning programs in some way connected to the 2016 elections and/or building a narrative about youth voting.
The webinar will provide practitioners with information on where to find data about youth and youth voting, including at various geographic levels. CIRCLE will share what we see as central, data-driven narrative points about youth during elections, and host a discussion about using data to frame the need for youth outreach and programs.
Sign up for the webinar here.
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Noorya Hayat Joins CIRCLE
CIRCLE is pleased to introduce the newest member of our team: Noorya Hayat. An experienced researcher and coordinator, Noorya holds an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
What We’re Reading
The journal Citizenship Teaching and Learning has published a special issue edited by Judith Torney-Purta and Marilyn Chambliss, from the University of Maryland. The CTL articles address cognitive and literacy dimensions of civic learning. Free abstracts and full texts for purchase here.
CIRCLE in the News
In the past month, CIRCLE data and analysis have been prominently featured in various news outlets:
– U.S. News and World Report: “Meet Your Match: Will smartphone apps get millennials to the polls?“
– TIME: “Millennials Want to See a Trump vs. Sanders Matchup“
– Mic: “Here’s What Millennials Really Want to Hear From Their Presidential Candidates”