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As midterm election has reached its end, early voting totals in key states have been announced by US news outlets. According to USA Today, 2018 could become “the year that young people finally show up for a midterm election.” The Typical Student team discovered the most important facts and figures about this year’s midterms.
Student Participation in Midterm Elections 2018: Facts & Figures
US youth has shown tremendous voting activity compared to 2014 midterms nationwide. According to a Harvard University Institute of Politics poll, Republicans could add to their 51 to 49 margin in the Senate. Democrats’ could pick up the 23 seats they need to take control of the House.
In 2018, over 35 million US citizens have cast their midterm election ballots, which makes a 75% percent increase compared to 20 million in 2014 midterms.
The number of voters aged 18 to 39 have nearly tripled their early voting rate since 2014, raising their share of the early vote by over 3 percentage points.
2018 Midterms: How Many People Voted In Each State?
Early youth voting is up 144% compared to the 2014 midterms in Illinois. At that, over 70% of the 6,200 undergrads at the University of Chicago registered to vote through the TurboVote app.
Youth voters cast nearly 215,000 ballots as of Saturday, making a 362% increase over the same point in the 2014 election, according to TargetSmart.
Young voters cast more than 56,000 ballots, making a 409% increase in early and absentee voting.
Young voters cast nearly 300,000 ballots, making an 111% increase from the 2014 stats. This year, youths have made up ~6.8% of early voting and absentee voters. In 2014, they made up ~4.8%.
The number of newly registered voters in Arizona has doubled compared to 2014 midterms. The youngest voting demographic, those aged 18 to 24, leads all other age groups in new voters registered since Jan. 1. Early voting among Arizona voters is up about 186 percent as of Friday compared to same point in 2014 midterm.
This year, over 2,000 students registered this fall thanks to the volunteers at the University of Missouri. “Young people are more engaged, and they recognize that they need to be more aware of what’s going on.”
See the infographic below to learn more about the 2018 midterm voting:
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