YOU(TH) DID IT! Thanks to your efforts, young people turned out in record numbers for the midterm elections. Early indicators place youth voter turnout (18-29 year olds) at 31%— almost 50% more than the turnout in 2014.
While there’s a lot to be happy about with youth turnout, there is a lot more work to be done. Overall, the youth demographic only accounted for 13% of all voters in the 2018 midterms, despite constituting 21% (and growing) of the voter eligible population. This percentage hasn’t risen despite the percentage of youth in the overall population growing dramatically (because older folks turn out in much greater numbers.) Getting the percentage up is vital to changing election outcomes AND to ensuring that electeds and politicians pay attention to your priorities as the largest, most diverse, most progressive segment of our population.
As was the case with the larger election, we have ripples if not outright waves–and ripples are really meaningful given larger demographic currents that will strengthen the ripples with the right kind of work in the future. We’re not just working towards a youth wave, we’re working towards a youth tsunami.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU–and onwards we go!