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California's New Political Realities: The Impact of the Youth Vote on Our Electoral Landscape
In the November 2014 general elections, voter turnout was abysmal across the nation, producing the lowest U.S. turnout rates in decades. California's previous record for low turnout was broken by nearly a half dozen percentage points. Voter turnout is typically lower in mid-term elections, but fall 2014 marked a major falloff from the state's general election turnout in 2012, resulting in even less representation of voters.
In California, 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. In this brief, we examine youth electoral participation in the November 2014 general election and explore the impact of the youth vote on the current and future electoral landscape of California.
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