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March 5, 2008
The 2008 elections are shaping up to be the year of the young voter. After big increases in young voter turnout in 2004 and 2006, many skeptics wondered if the momentum would continue into 2008.
The answer is a resounding yes. The number of 18-29 year old voters has increased in every state’s primary or
caucus so far in 2008, even doubling and tripling in several. Overall, the number of 18-29 year olds voting in
primaries and caucuses in 2008 is 109% more than in the previous set of primary elections.
In addition, while turnout has been high across all age groups, young voters have increased their turnout by much more than any other age cohort. Turnout has been up, but so has the percent of the electorate young people make up (known as “share”). Not only are young adults voting in larger numbers, they are also increasing their presence at the polls more than are older voters. The table and chart below demonstrate the incredible participation of young voters in the 2008 primaries and caucuses: