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Dec 12 / Erin Ferns Lee

Youth Voter Participation is Rising

Young people are historically less likely to vote than the general electorate. Recent elections, however, have shown a remarkable increase in participation among voters between the ages of 18 and 24, according to Project Vote board member and professor of government at Manhattan College, Dr. Margaret Groarke.

Dr. Groarke appeared on WAMC radio show, Academic Minute, to talk about youth voting patters:

“Youth turnout is rising faster than that of the population as a whole. Overall, turnout has risen 5 points since 1996, according to the U.S. Census. But turnout among citizens aged 18-24 has jumped from 36 to 49 percent during the same elections – 13 points…”

“…Factors, such as, the ease of participation, mobilization and competitiveness have greater impact on young voters, who are still developing their voting habits. Thus, laws which have made it easier to vote, like the National Voter Registration Act, and the spread of early voting, have improved turnout overall, and youth turnout in particular.”

Listen to the report here.

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