Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 11am-12pm ET
Though the final data is not yet available, it is clear that young voters between the ages of 18 and 35 turned out in massive, potentially record-breaking numbers in this election—sending a message to their elected leaders and fellow citizens about the political power and progressive values of their generations. In spite of both long-existing challenges, like widespread voter suppression, and newer ones, like the COVID-19 pandemic, young people aged 18-29 expanded their share of the electorate in 2020, making up 17 percent of voters who cast a ballot in an election where turnout spiked across all age demographics. Both as a result of this impressive turnout and the strong preference among young voters of color for candidates running on progressive platforms, young people had a particularly pronounced impact in the battleground states that decided the election.
To dig deeper on all of this and more, join Generation Progress and expert panelists from CIRCLE, NextGen America, URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, and the Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under the Law as we break down preliminary youth vote data from the 2020 election, discuss the motivations behind this surge in young voter turnout, and consider how campaigns and candidates of the future can better engage with this knowledgeable, passionate, and diverse section of the electorate.
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Malik Hubbard, Senior Advisor, NextGen America
Abby Kiesa, Deputy Director, Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
Preston Mitchum, Policy Director, URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity
Jennifer Nwachukwu, Counsel, Voting Rights Project and James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Brent J. Cohen, Executive Director, Generation Progress
Amanda Brown Lierman, Managing Director of Politics and Organizing, Supermajority