To enhance and broaden the discussions around the report of our Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge, we have developed a FREE, five-week, open online seminar that will extend research and recommendations from the report.
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.
The April edition (v7. i2) of CIRCLE’s quarterly newsletter, Around the CIRCLE, can be downloaded from here. The newsletter includes a variety of articles including: The Civic Mission of Schools: A Review of the Research Evaluation of Large Urban School District Shows Schools Can Increase Civic Engagement Massachusetts Senate Election: Youth Turnout Was Just 15, Read More >
by Michael McDevitt November 2009 A study of adolescents living in red and blue counties during the 2006 midterm elections shows a striking pattern of Democratic youth thriving in political expression and debate when exposed to Republican ideological climates. Democratic adolescents were more likely to talk with parents and friends about politics, disagree openly, test Read More >
A new edition of the CIRCLE quarterly newsletter is available here. If you do not currently receive hard copies of the CIRCLE newsletter and would like to please email Emily Kirby at Emily.Kirby@Tufts.edu. Articles: The Youth Vote 2008 The Changing Transition to Adulthood Millennials Most Progressive Generation in 50 years Considering the Role of Context Read More >