One of the recommendations outlined in the report from our Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge, is to experiment with lowering the voting age to 17 in municipal or state elections. Recently, the city of Takoma Park, Maryland, made just such a change to their voting regulations; and, last week, its 16 and 17-year-old residents became the first in the nation to cast a municipal ballot on Election Day.
As the Republican presidential primaries are soon upon us, we thought it would be interesting to look at how youth participated in the 2008 Republican primaries. In 2008, CIRCLE calculated estimates of youth voter turnout in many state primaries and caucuses. Our estimate suggests that the primary/caucus turnout of young voters rose from 9% in Read More >
Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Young Voters in the 2010 Election An estimated 22.8 percent of all eligible young people ages 18-29 voted in the 2010 midterms. Younger voters chose Democratic House candidates over Republican House candidates by a margin of 55%-42%. By a 62%-38% margin, younger voters approved of Barack Read More >
For Immediate Release November 3, 2008 Contact: David Roscow, 703-276-2772 x21 or Sarah Shugars, 617-627-2029 Media Alert/2008 Youth Voter Data Exit Polls to Show Only Youth Share of Voters CIRCLE to estimate Youth Turnout Early Wednesday, Nov. 5 Conference Call-in Press Briefing to Discuss 2008 Youth Vote, 2 PM ET, Nov. 5 To RSVP please Read More >
by Richard Niemi and Michael Hanmer November 2004 Based on a survey of of 1,200 college students designed by Professor Richard Niemi of the University of Rochester and Professor Michael Hanmer of Georgetown University. Reports on college students voting choices in the 2004 presidential election. Download “College Students in the 2004 Election.”