Take a look at these jaw-dropping numbers from Pennsylvania:
Emphasis here on the roughly QUARTER-MILLION young voters contacted by NextGen PA who have already voted. That’s nearly the population of Pittsburgh. And the Keystone State’s trends are not an outlier, as Politico reports:
With less than three weeks until polls close and with more than 15 million voters already casting their ballots, pundits are starting to parse what voting trends might say about the outcome of the general election. As Prof. Michael McDonald notes, we expect to see Democratic pundits and strategists starting to ask questions about young voters’ turnout rates. While NextGen America continues to focus on maximizing youth turnout in the final stretch before November 3rd, it’s important to set the record straight on facts about young voters.
NextGen Virginia registered 20,000 young voters this fall. Now we’ll make them vote.
As of the voter registration deadline (Monday, 10/16) NextGen America’s Virginia organizing team registered 20,169 new young voters across the commonwealth this fall. Here’s why that number is important:
These new voters are likely to overwhelmingly support Ralph Northam and Democrats up and down the ticket. Young Virginians overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton, Mark Warner, and Terry McAuliffe in the last few election cycles. According to VPAP:
Very Serious People in Washington, DC are waking up this morning, hungover from their #ComeyDay-inspired binges, to a startling fact: a complete 180 in British parliament after Theresa May and the Conservative Party got walloped at the polls yesterday. While I’m sure there will be the usual griping about the unreliability of polls, the extravagance of hiring overpriced political consultants to run excessive digital ads for the Tories, and the like, by FAR the most consequential lesson that we can take away from the post-Brexit election in the UK is the staggering increase in turn out amongst young voters.
The election blame game seems to be a favorite pastime for many in Washington right now. One particularly troubling take comes from Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake, who echoed Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and wrote, “Yes, you can blame millennials for Hillary Clinton’s loss.”
In a close election, every vote counts. There are dozens of demographic subgroups that Mook or Blake could choose to blame for Clinton’s loss. What is striking is the trend to blame millennials, who voted for Clinton in massive numbers. According to exit polls, voters under-30 supported Clinton by 18 points over Trump — far…
Executive Director at NextGen America. Obsessed with all things #youthvote