New Article: Getting Out the Student Vote in an Off Year

Posted by Inside Higher Ed on August 31, 2021

Youth voting soared in 2020. Can student groups and civic organizations keep the momentum going for this year’s state and local contests?

Student voting organizations are gearing up to capitalize on the high youth voter turnout for the 2020 elections and spur students to participate in this year’s local and state elections. Among the highest-profile races for 2021: gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey, special House elections such as Ohio’s 11th District, and the recall vote of California governor Gavin Newsom in September.

But will students participate? Kelly Beadle, the impact and outreach manager of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, said that youth turnout for upcoming elections “remains an open question.”

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