CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
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2018 Election Center

Research Highlights

Our 2018 Election Center contains the most important CIRCLE data and analysis related to young people and the 2018 midterm elections, as well as additional tools and resources like our Youth Electoral Significance Index.

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Why Youth Don’t Vote – Differences by Race and Education

Many efforts to increase youth voting focus on getting young people registered. That’s a crucial component to driving electoral engagement, but it’s only half the battle; we need to ensure that registered youth actually go out and cast a ballot on Election Day. In 2016, nearly six million young people (ages 18-29) were “undermobilized”—meaning they Read More >

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August 21st, 2018
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A Civic Imperative for Media Literacy

A new article co-authored by Abby Kiesa, CIRCLE’s Director of Impact; and D.C. Vito, Co-founder of The LAMP, highlights the connections between media literacy and civic education and engagement, and argues for a youth-centered, participatory approach to teaching this vital civic skill. They write: “Unifying media literacy and civic engagement reinforces the reality that civic Read More >

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June 28th, 2018
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How Do Young People Vote in Midterm Elections?

The 2018 election season is well underway. Dozens of states have already held primaries for Congressional and gubernatorial races, with more contests underway in the coming weeks. At CIRCLE, we are especially focused on elections in which young people are poised to play a significant role and possibly swing the final results. Our Youth Electoral Read More >

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June 26th, 2018
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22×20 Campaign is Hiring!

Last year, CIRCLE joined a network of organizations working on a campaign to mesh media literacy with elections and voting, called 22×20 – focused on the 22 million teens who will turn 18 between the 2016 and 2020 elections. The campaign is an effort to amplify and diversify teen voices, political expression, and media creation in the Read More >

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June 20th, 2018
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YESI Spotlight: Facilitative Election Laws

CIRCLE’s Youth Electoral Significance Index (YESI) utilizes data on demographics, conditions that support outreach, historical voting patterns, and projected competitiveness to produce a ranking of the states and districts where young people (ages 18-29) have the highest potential to cast decisive votes in the 2018 midterm elections. The YESI combines several composite indices (i.e., scores Read More >

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May 31st, 2018
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