CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

FEATURED: The Minority Youth Vote in the 2008 Presidential Election

October 27th, 2010
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With the midterms less than a week away, turnout among young people is an important factor. According to CIRCLE’s new fact sheet  “The Minority Youth Vote in the 2008 Presidential Election” youth voter turnout increased for young people of all races between the 2004 and 2008 elections, with the exception of young white voters, whose turnout remained unchanged. Fifty-eight percent of African-American youth voted in 2008 – the highest turnout rate of any youth race/ethnic group since 1972. Although the 2006 midterm election did not follow the same trend as the 2008 Presidential election, data suggests that the minority youth vote can make a strong impact on the outcome of elections.

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