Dynamic, Online Map Allows Viewers to Gain a Comprehensive View of Young Voters in NC, the Nation

Published Monday, August 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

Aug. 25, 2014. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), the nation’s premier source of nonpartisan information on youth voting, which is based at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, released a new, interactive online map with detailed data on young voters in every state, including North Carolina, since 1982.  Today’s release by CIRCLE is also accompanied by an analysis of youth voters in North Carolina as compared to national trends, available here.

The analysis released today by CIRCLE shows that youth could play a key role in November’s hotly contested U.S. Senate election in North Carolina. Incumbent U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) is defending her seat in this nationally watched election. Youth voter turnout has risen during the past two-midterm election cycles in North Carolina. In 2006, youth turnout was 21.1%, and in 2010 youth turnout rose to 23.5%.  In the 2010 midterm election, 585,000 young people voted in Louisiana, making up 11% of voters.  Senator Kay Hagan’s (D-NC) margin of victory in the 2008 U.S. Senate election was just over 361,000 votes.

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Click here for access to the interactive map

“In this year’s U.S. Senate race in North Carolina, youth voters have the ability to make a decisive impact,” said Peter Levine, director of CIRCLE.  “As we enter the 2014 midterm election season, we’re offering the public and the media a place to find the most up-to-date, comprehensive data on young Americans in an easily searchable format.”

Some of the key findings of the analysis drawn from CIRCLE’s newly released interactive, online map about the youth vote in North Carolina include:

In 2014, there are 1.4 million 18 to 29-year-old citizens in the state, one of the ten highest in the country;

Youth (18-29) make up 20.5% of the citizen population in the state;

In 2014, 28% of young citizens in NC are African-American.

Click here to view a State-specific fact sheet about young voters in North Carolina

CIRCLE’s online “2014 Election Center” houses analysis and findings most relevant to the midterm elections.  CIRCLE is well known for producing unbiased analysis on youth voting in every election cycle.  In addition to publicly released products, CIRCLE’s team of experts are also available to help put current data on youth voters and politics into a broader context based on their own research and knowledge of scholarly literature on the subject area.

** Throughout the 2014 midterm election season, please contact Kristofer Eisenla at kristofer@lunaeisenlamedia.com or 202-670-5747, to speak to one of CIRCLE’s youth vote experts or for further information/data on the youth vote in America **

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CIRCLE (www.civicyouth.org) is a nonpartisan, independent, academic research center that studies young people in politics and presents detailed data on young voters in all 50 states. CIRCLE is part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service (http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/) is a national leader whose model and research are setting the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement education. Serving every school of Tufts University, Tisch College creates an enduring culture that prepares students to be lifelong active citizens.

Tufts University (http://www.tufts.edu/), located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized as one of the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs across the university’s schools is widely encouraged.

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