(Taken from The Nation)
By Sam Graham-Felsen
I’ll have more on this when the details are clear tomorrow, but it appears that young voters turned out (relatively) big in this election.
According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), young voter turnout in a set of targeted precincts increased by an average of 50% over the 2002 election. In some districts, young voter turnout surged by as much as 111%.
If young voters turned out like this across the country, it would appear that the 2004 surge in turnout was no fluke– that increased participatoin among young people is a genuine trend.
Let’s keep in mind, though, that young voters only voted at 22% in 2002. So even if they double those numbers this year, it means that over half of America’s young people sat out for arguably the most important midterm election of their lifetimes.