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

Did New State Voting Laws Affect the Youth Vote in 2012?

The 2012 election was marked by new legislation that could make voting more difficult—a total of 25 new laws were in effect on Election Day in 19 states—and by organized challenges to the new laws, which we call “pushback.” The Brennan Center for Social Justice reports that, since the beginning of 2011, a total of Read More >

November 28th, 2012
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New CIRCLE Fact Sheet Describes State Laws, Standards, and Requirements for k-12 Civics

With funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, CIRCLE has analyzed the standards, course requirements, and mandatory assessments relevant to civic education in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. This is the first such scan in 5 years. The full analysis is summarized in our new fact sheet entitled State Civic Education Read More >

October 10th, 2012
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Romney Trails Among Young Adults

Most are Misinformed about their States’ Voting Laws New CIRCLE poll of 18-29s released today Young people hold mixed opinions of Barack Obama, but they prefer him by a 55%-42% over Mitt Romney, whom most see as a “typical politician.” Young people are split about evenly on the recent health care reform, with the largest Read More >

July 31st, 2012
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Working Paper 01: Easier Voting Methods Boost Youth Turnout

By Mary Fitzgerald February 2003 “Overall, this analysis shows that some alternative voting methods have the potential to alter the political landscape by changing the way that young people participate in elections, the way that political parties mobilize voters, as well as who participates in elections.” Download here (PDF).

March 29th, 2003
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