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The 2022 Midterms: 18 to 29 Year Olds Showed Up in Large Numbers


This past election day, youth voters turned out to the polls in great numbers; numbers that haven’t been seen many times before. According to Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), it is estimated that 27% of youth (ages 18 – 29) cast a ballot in 2022, which made this the midterm with the “second-highest youth voter turnout in almost three decades.”

It is also estimated that youth voter turnout was even higher in battleground states, such as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 

Nina Kasinunas, Faculty Chair of Goucher’s Political Science Department, said that Goucher-specific data on voter turnout will not be available until next fall.

“The data we receive about Goucher student voter turnout comes from our participation in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, or NSLVE,” Kasinunas said, “the researchers with NSLVE will take out student data and match them to state voting records, which are publicly accessible. Because there are more than 1,100 colleges and universities who participate, it takes time.”

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Jaida (she/her) is a staff writer at the Quindecim. She is a sophomore Environmental Studies Major double minoring in Professional Writing & Political Science. Jaida is from Waldorf, Maryland and a graduate of St. Mary's Ryken High School. At Goucher, she is a Goucher Agricultural Cooperative co-president and first violinist in Goucher’s symphony orchestra. She was a Goucher Intern Fellowship (GIF) recipient ‘22. Jaida volunteers with the Accokeek Foundation during the summer and has interned with the non-profit organization Seaside Sustainability, where she lead the creation of a newsletter including articles about environmental issues spawning from climate change.

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