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UC Davis Civic Engagement Project Examines Youth Impact on Electoral Landscape of California

January 27, 2015
In a new research brief, California’s New Political Realities: The Impact of the Youth Vote on Our Electoral Landscape, the UC Davis California Civic Engagement Project examines youth electoral participation in the November 2014 general election and explores the impact of the youth vote on the current and future electoral landscape of California. 
 
The brief showed voter participation of youth (age 18-24) was dramatically lower in 2014, starting with a nearly non-existent showing in the June 2014 primary, followed by a poor showing in November. Only 8.2 percent of California’s eligible youth voted, as compared to 18.5 percent in the 2010 general election. This translated into only 285,000 of 3.5 million eligible youth who cast a ballot.


 
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