What percent of young voters (age 18-29) turned out to vote in the 2018 midterms?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. Describe one trend you see in the chart?

  3. How much did youth voter turnout in the 2018 midterm election vary from the past?

  4. Why do you think that is?

  5. What is one consequence of this change?

  6. Is this change good news?

  7. Many groups are taking credit for increased youth voting. What issues and groups do you think really caused this massive youth-voter increase?

  8. When youth voter turnout increases, explain which party benefits.*

  9. In general, if less than one third of any group of people turned up to vote, would you consider that a strong voter turnout?

  10. Imagine that instead of 31% of youth voting, 75% of youth voted. Describe a policy change that might result from that change?

  11. Approximately what percent of the people you personally know who are age 18-29 voted?

  12. If you were 18 by the day of the 2018 midterm election did you vote? If you will be 18 by November 3, 2020, the day of the 2020 election do you plan to vote?

  13. I recently ran into a former student. He told me (very sheepishly) that he did not vote in the midterm. I said, “well, you do live in New York so your vote doesn’t really matter in national elections.” Was I right? What did I mean?

  14. He said, “no, Mr. I didn’t vote, because I was bored and it just doesn’t really matter.” What would you say to him and what do you think I said to him?

  15. What question do you have about this data?

  16. What percent of all voters were youth voters?* (the most recent data comes from 2014)*

  17. Why do you think that is?

  18. Considering which party young people are voting for. Imagine there is another heavy youth turnout in 2020. How will that impact the likelihood of a Trump reelection?

  19. At age 29 year-old, Bronx-born, Alexandria Octavio-Cortes became the youngest women ever elected to the House of Representatives. Describe how you imagine her age impacts the way she legislates.

Visual Extension*

Learning Extension

Check out this very short Circle report on youth voting in the 2018 midterm elections.

Action Extension

Speak to a few people age 18-29 who voted in the 2018 midterm election and draw some conclusions about why they did or didn’t vote. Share your conclusions in class or online.


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