As the largest voting bloc in America, people under 30 have more power at the polls than ever before. In Texas and Georgia, where two hotly contested races for the 2018 midterms are taking place, young people are turning out for the midterms like never before.
18-29 year old turnout in early voting, compared to this point in 2014, is:
– 5x higher in Texas
– 5x higher in Nevada
– 4x higher in Georgia
– 3x higher in Arizonahttps://t.co/58E7PHqobF
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) November 1, 2018
CNN reports from the polling places in that state that:
‘One thing is clear: the share of younger people voting early in Texas and Georgia is far outpacing anything seen at this point during the last midterm election, in 2014. The trend holds for both those voters aged 18-30 and those 30-50.’
Wow: early voter turnout by young voters (18-29) is up by FIVE HUNDRED PERCENT in Texas and Georgia! Go democracy!! https://t.co/ilCMEkgDOW
— Nancy Leong (@nancyleong) November 1, 2018
It isn’t common to see a high turnout for the midterms, nor a high turnout from younger voters. Midterm elections have been dominated by the votes of older Americans for years, and the turnout numbers between 2010 and 2014, when President Obama watched Congress get more and more Republican, have changed dramatically.
‘If these early voting numbers actually do turn out to be a harbinger of increased turnout among younger voters, that could be great news for Democrats. According to a Harvard Institute of Politics poll released earlier this week, voters under 30 are much more likely to say they’ll vote now than they were in 2014, and they are a deeply Democratic-leaning group.
‘In most midterm election years, turnout among younger voters is meager in comparison to older voters. According to the Census bureau, just 17% of citizens under age 25 voted in 2014, compared with 59% of seniors.’
Great job young voters of Georgia and Texas, especially my home away from home Texas!
Don’t get comfy though guys and gals. Vote on November 6th! #BlueWave #VoteBlueToEndThisNightmare #RockTheVote https://t.co/ffSSlGTY3j
— Nicole Bohrnstedt ? (@NicolesFandoms) November 1, 2018
In Georgia and Texas, early vote rates among young voters has increased by nearly five times (not a typo). To stay updated on early vote data check out https://t.co/Vcm6ro3abr
— TargetSmart (@TargetSmart) October 31, 2018