According to the U.S. Census Bureau, among 18- to 29-year-olds, voter turnout went from 20 percent in 2014 to 36 percent in 2018. This is the largest percentage point increase for any age group over the same time period - a 79 percent increase! The group with the next highest percentage increase was voters between the ages of 30-44. This increase was nearly 40 percent. In addition to youth vote turnout seeing historical increases, young voters (Millennials and those included in Gen Z) now also make up a majority of the voting populace.
This data shows that the historic Democratic blue wave of 2018 came, in part, because of young voters. If Democrats win in 2020, it’s clear young voters will deliver the margin of victory.
In addition to our partisan efforts on the ground in our chartered units, YDA has forged a new and exciting partnership to increase youth voter turnout. This partnership will allow our members to safely engage in critical voter contact efforts.
This fall, The Young Democrats of America (YDA) and Women's March Action members will be texting 18-35 year old voters in the key battleground states to make sure that these often uncontacted voters make a plan to vote and turn in their ballots!
Over a 5 week period, we will be reaching out to young voters in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio Michigan, Montana, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.
These peer-to-peer text banks will take place each Thursday at 5pm ET/2pm PT starting the week and September 21.
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us by sending an email to [email protected].