Michigan’s Youth Voter Turnout Highest In The Nation

Michiganders’ drive to enshrine abortion into the state constitution had a noticeable side effect: it drove the youth vote to be the highest in the nation.

Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) reported the 18- to 29-year-old electorate showed up at the polls at a rate of 37 percent in 2022. The next closest states were Maine, Minnesota and Oregon at 36 percent.

Not only was the percentage the highest in the nation, the percentage topped the voter numbers for 2018.

The Detroit News reported that, in the weeks before the 2022 midterm election, Michigan voters in that age group said they were motivated to make sure abortion stayed legal in the state.

“We continue working with Michigan’s colleges and universities and their local clerks to ensure young citizens can conveniently cast their ballot and know how to do so, and I’m thrilled to see data recognizing the impact of our work,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement.

“A strong democracy requires informed and engaged citizens — and Michigan is leading the way in ensuring our youngest voters are active participants in determining our future.”

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