Youth Voted!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Youth Voted!

Yet another angle to examine Tuesday's election.
Tuesday, November 7, 2006, was a day of victory for youth engagement in American democracy. In a year of increased overall turnout, it was young people who really took the lead. According to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), an estimated 10 million young Americans (ages 29 and under) came out to vote yesterday—the largest number ever and an increase of two million since the midterm election in 2002. Estimated youth turnout jumped from 20 percent in 2002 to 24 percent in 2006. Youth turnout was the highest in at least twenty years, and, when all the provisional or absentee ballots are counted, it may be the highest of all time.

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