Top 8 Takeaways about Young Voters and the 2014 Election

Each election year, the headlines about youth voters tend to be the same. The relatively low turnout rate is usually lamented, and sometimes there is some analysis of whether one party (usually the Democrats) benefited from youth support. But it is important to see complexities and derive subtler lessons. Here are our eight takeaways from the 2014 election, each of which suggests only the beginning of a story about young people and politics. Read more at CIRCLE’s...

Where Millennials Won Last Night’s Elections

With last night’s midterm election results, the focus of most national coverage is on which candidate claimed victory. However, perhaps a more important topic that may be overlooked is how young people won on the issues they most care about. Throughout the country, voters decided on numerous ballot initiatives in regards to some of the nation’s most contentious topics. A total of 146 ballot questions in 41 states and the District of Columbia put policymaking into the hands of local communities and the outcomes proved to be clear victories for millions of young people throughout the country. For minimum wage increases, reproductive rights, marijuana legalization, common-sense gun violence prevention policies, and investment in education and rehabilitation programs, voters resoundingly approved progressive policies that are supported by the majority of young people. This column examines some of the biggest ballot initiatives from Tuesday and how Millennials stand on the issue. Read more at...

Engaging post-partisan millennials

If you’re among the 86 percent of people who currently disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, then you better have a gigantic red circle on your calendar marking Election Day. But if you’re under 30, there’s about a 75 percent chance you don’t plan to vote on Nov. 4. Without a presidential race to stoke interest and mobilize voters, turnout this November will likely be down significantly from 2012. That’s a huge missed opportunity considering every member of the House of Representatives is currently up for reelection, the majority of the Senate is at stake, and 36 governors’ offices are up for grabs. Young voters arguably have the most to gain from mobilizing in the often-ignored midterm elections. Millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—make up one-fourth of the American electorate this year. The millennial generation is also the most diverse generation in American history, with radically different views on issues that are typically political lightning rods—like marriage equality, reproductive health, and immigration—than older voters. And yet the millennial generation, which includes more than 46 million people, has nowhere near the level of recognized political clout as the 39 million senior voters over the age of 65. Read more on the...