Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Iowa Ranked First in Young Voter Turnout in 2008

From the Quad City Times...

Iowa ranked highest of the 50 states in the percentage of its young people to turn out to vote in the last presidential election, according to a new federal report.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Monday that 63 percent of Iowa's eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 24 cast ballots in the Nov. 4 election.

Nationwide, the report said, 49 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted. In Illinois, it was 50 percent.

The closest state to Iowa in turnout for 18- to 24-year-olds was Minnesota, at 62 percent, a statistically insignificant difference, the Census Bureau said.

Youth turnout was a focus of last year's election because President Barack Obama's campaign was particularly appealing to young people.

That was evident in Iowa, where caucuses kicked off the election season. More young people than ever took part in those.

The largest increase in voter turnout in Iowa was amongst 25-34 year olds with 30,000 more voters in 2008 than in 2004.

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