The only age group in which voter turnout increased between the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections was in ages 18-29. However, the increase was small —1.1 percent — and the share of young people who cast ballots still accounted for less than half of those who were eligible.
Will the interest in this year’s election finally be enough to spur more young voters to weigh in? On Thursday, MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with two experts about what motivates young voters and what holds them back.
Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg is the director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University.
Stella Rouse is the director of The Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement at the University of Maryland.
To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.
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