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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 41: Voting Behavior

Figure 41. Percentage of U.S. citizens 18 to 24 years old who reported being registered to vote and voting, by school enrollment status: November 2000

Percentage of U.S. citizens 18 to 24 years old who reported being registered to vote and voting, by school enrollment status: November 2000
NOTE: The survey sample includes the civilian, noninstitutionalized population. Information was collected two weeks after the election. These estimates may differ from administrative data or data from exit polls.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Condition of Education 2003; based on U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), November 2000 Voting and Registration Supplement, unpublished tabulations.

In the 2000 Presidential election, 18- to 24-year-olds were less likely to be registered to vote (51 percent) compared to the general population, 18 years old and over (70 percent). Young adults also were less likely to vote in the November 2000 election than the total voting population, 18 years old and over. In 2000, 36 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted compared to 60 percent of the general population. Among 18- to 24-year-olds, those who were enrolled in college were more likely to vote in the 2000 election than their peers who were not enrolled. However, they were less likely to vote than their peers who had already earned a bachelor's degree and were no longer enrolled. There were also differences in voting participation by gender and race/ethnicity. Males ages 18 to 24 were less likely to vote than their female counterparts (34 vs. 38 percent). White and Black 18- to 24-year-olds were more likely to vote than their Hispanic peers. In the 2002 congressional election, the 18- to 24-year-olds again were less likely to be registered to vote (43 percent) compared to the general population (67 percent), as well as less likely to vote (19 percent vs. 46 percent).


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