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What is the youth vote?


The youth vote consists of citizens aged 18-29 in the U.S. that are eligible to vote. To be eligible to vote, you must be 18, a citizen of the U.S., meet your state’s residency requirements, and are registered by your state’s deadline. (USA.gov)

Why is the Youth Vote Important?

  • Millennials and some members of Gen Z comprise 37% of eligible voters -- roughly the same share of the electorate that baby boomers and pre-boomers make up. (Tufts)
  • Every 2 years, an average of 7 million Americans turn 18 and are eligible to vote.
  • 4 Million Americans born in 2001 and 2002 will turn 18 by November 3, 2020. (18by)
  • A hefty 83% of youth voters say they believe young people have the power to change the country.
  • Another 60% feel like they are part of a movement that will vote to express its views.
  • For 2020, in 21 of 27 states with recently updated data, voter registration for youth (18-24) is already higher than in 2016. (Tufts)

What Makes “Youth Nation” Different?

  • “Generation Z is committed to solving social issues such as gun control, climate change, and racial inequality…[and] we are the most ethnically diverse generation ever.” - Clare Jones, Detroit
  • In fact, 27% of young people (ages 18-24) said they have attended a march or demonstration, compared to just 5% in 2016, and 16% in 2018.
  • Some of the most important issues for youth have been recorded as: police brutality, gun violence, climate change, and affordable healthcare. (Tufts)

Demographics on Youth Nation

  • Per the U.S. census, there are 15 million citizens aged 18-21. 
  • Of these 15 million, 54% are White, 23% are Latino, 14% are Black, 4% are Asian, and 4% are multiracial. 
  • 47% are employed full- or part-time.
  • 24% have at least one parent that immigrated to the U.S.
  • 63% are enrolled in high school or college.
  • For young women, 34% of those polled by Circle cast a ballot in 2018, compared to 30% of young men (both groups aged 18-24). (Tufts)
  • About one-fifth of rural residents (10.3 million people) are people of color. (Racial Sociological Society)