2014 Election Young Voter Turnout Stats

Posted by CIRCLE on November 17, 2014

On Thursday, CIRCLE released its exclusive, revised two-day estimate of national youth voter turnout, which shows that at least 10 million young people went to the polls in Tuesday’s midterm elections — a youth turnout rate of 21.5%. The number of young voters in Tuesday’s election is comparable to the turnout seen in other, recent midterm contests. In 2010, the two-day youth turnout estimate was 20.9%, or around 9.2 million young people.

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One of the biggest factors is the competitiveness of elections. CIRCLE grouped states, based on pre-election polls, into three groups: Republican-favored, Democratic-favored, and “competitive” states. Youth turnout[1] in these three groups varies quite a bit, but the estimated turnout is much higher in states with at least one competitive race.[2]

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