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.
Youth Vote, Strongly for Obama, Determines Outcome in Key Battleground States of PA, VA, FL, and OH Medford/Somerville, Mass. – The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) – the preeminent youth research organization at Tufts University – this morning released an exclusive turnout estimate showing that 22-23 million young Americans Read More >
With the Iowa caucus less than a month away, we thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at how young Republican voters have voted in the last few elections. In 2000 just under a third of youth who did not consider themselves to be Republican voted for a Republican. However, this proportion Read More >
The volatile turnout of young people will be an important factor in the midterm elections, less than two months away. A new CIRCLE Fact Sheet on youth voter turnout by state provides historical perspective on the upcoming election.
Youth turnout has been much higher in the 2008 primaries than in recent years. In some states, youth turnout has tripled or quadrupled. More than three million young Americans voted on Super Tuesday. Please see CIRCLE fact sheets on primary results so far: “National” results for Super Tuesday (with youth voter information from all Super Read More >