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

May 2018 E-Update

May 31st, 2018
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YESI Spotlight: Facilitative Election Laws

Our 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 made up of multiple, related indicators) to produce an overall score that ranks upcoming races. In a new series of posts, we shine a spotlight on several indices and indicators, detailing how they influence likely youth electoral significance.

The first post covers our Facilitative Election Laws score, which measures states’ approval and implementation of voting-related policies like online registration, automatic registration, same-day registration, and pre-registration for 16 or 17-year-old youth.

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YESI In the News

The Youth Electoral Significance Index has been cited by numerous state and national media outlets writing about the potential impact of the youth vote in the 2018 midterm elections. We’re excited that these articles and other media appearances help encourage more people to think about young people as an important constituency for this and all future elections.

– Politico:Millennials take on Trump in the midterms

 Great Falls TribuneMontana’s young people could play crucial role in elections

– Minnesota Star TribuneMinnesota’s youth could rock the vote in November — if they show up to the polls


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Recent Presentations

In recent weeks, our leaders presented at several gatherings focused on civic education and engagement:

Director Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and Director of Impact Abby Kiesa shared data at  the  #TurboVoteChallenge#BrightSpotsSummit.

Kawashima-Ginsberg was also at the National Association of Secretaries of State’s #NASSNewVoterForum, presenting on our ongoing partnership with Opportunity Youth United around voter engagement.

We’re looking forward to other upcoming gatherings, including Tisch College’s Frontiers of Democracy conference in June.

Media Literacy + Civics!

22×20 is a network of media, cultural, and educational partners amplifying and diversifying teen voice, political expression, and media creation in the lead-up to the 2020 election and beyond. The network is co-led by CIRCLE and The LAMP.

Read a new 22×20 post about a model event and “civic maker space” to integrate media literacy, youth voice and civics. And contact us for information on becoming a campaign partner!

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