Youth Voter Turnouts

With the 2012 presidential elections just around the corner, Generation Y—those born between 1980 and the early 2000’s aka us—can constitute approximately 46 million votes in 2012’s election. Our Twenty percent of the voting-aged population has the potential to have a large say in the future leadership of America, but as is shown by the chart below from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (2009), 18-24 year-old voter turnouts have not climbed above 50% since 1972.

Our generation’s record-breaking community engagement has been paired with increased turnout—especially in the most competitive battleground states. The Millennial Generation has high rates of volunteering and community service, and so far, this has been coupled with the largest increase in young voter turnout since 1972. I want to urge all residents who are able to voice the vote in next week’s election to do so and to spread the word. In many states, it is not too late to request a last-minute absentee ballot!

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