CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

May 2014 E-Update

May 27th, 2014
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CIRCLE Creates New, Interactive, State-by-State Map of Youth Voting and Youth Demographics

As part of our efforts to share comprehensive information about youth voting in advance of the 2014 midterm elections, CIRCLE recently launched an innovative, interactive map that provides historical, state-by-state data on young people’s electoral engagement in the past 30 years of midterm and presidential elections.

The map features voter turnout and registration rates for both youth aged 18-29 and for citizens aged 30 or older. It also includes 2014 demographic data, such as each state’s youth population numbers and its percentage of young people in the total citizen population.

By clicking on each state, users can also download a two-page “quick facts” sheet that features additional information on the state’s political climate, voting patterns, and demographics, such as immigration levels and youth voter turnout by race and gender.

Read a full explanation of the map’s features HERE, or explore the map directly HERE.


CIRCLE Launches 2014 Election Center with New and Updated Research

As the conversation about the role of the youth vote in this November’s election heats up, CIRCLE has launched a 2014 Election Center that brings together relevant research and analysis about young people’s political engagement.

Along with our new state-by-state, interactive voting map, the 2014 Election Center includes detailed data about youth participation in the 2010 and 2012 elections, youth demographics, and guides on how to understand youth voting statistics and why the youth vote matters.

The Election Center also features a brand new analysis: “Lessons from the 2010 Elections about Turnout among Registered Youth.” This post discusses crucial aspects of youth political participation, like differences in turnout of registered youth between presidential and midterm elections, and the reasons for not voting given by college students and youth who aren’t in college.

Explore CIRCLE’s 2014 Election Center HERE.

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Register for Frontiers of Democracy Conference

On July 16-18 our host institution, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, will hold its 2014 Frontiers of Democracy Conference. The event will examine the state of the civic field through provocative short talks, interactive learning exchanges, and Civic Studies sessions.

CIRCLE Director Peter Levine, and Nancy Thomas, Director of the Initiative for the Study of Higher Education and Public Life, are on the event’s organizing committee.

Registration is open until July 3. Visit the Frontiers of Democracy Portal for registration instructions, the full agenda, and more.

Millennials, Religion, and Civic Life in America

In an op-ed published last month in the Washington Post and elsewhere, CIRCLE Director Peter Levine discusses the implications of many young people’s lack of religious affiliation.

“Maybe the millennials will find or create secular equivalents to churches and other congregations. But those alternatives will have to match the depth, flexibility, long arc, and motivational force of religion,” he writes.

Read the op-ed: “If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?

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