CIRCLE Findings on Youth Voter Turnout in 2020

Posted by CIRCLE on May 25, 2021

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University completed their analysis of youth voting in the 2020 Election. Congratulations to our campus partners and organizations in New Jersey, which had the highest youth voter turnout in the country at 67%!

We estimate that 50% of young people, ages 18-29, voted in the 2020 presidential election, a remarkable 11-point increase from 2016 (39%) and likely one of the highest rates of youth electoral participation since the voting age was lowered to 18. Our new estimate is based on newly available voter file data in 41 states—AK, DC, HI, MD, MS, NH, ND, UT, WI, WY do not have reliable vote history data by age. This analysis replaces our earlier estimate, released immediately after Election Day, which estimated a 5 to 11 point increase in youth voter turnout compared to 2016 based on data available in that moment.

Check out CIRCLE’s youth voting findings.

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