A new report outlines how voter registration among young people is on the rise – specifically in Florida – with experts saying they believe the surge in voter registration among young people will translate into to a higher turnout in the mid-term elections that will benefit Democrats. The surge in voter registration comes after inaction on gun violence prevention by Republican lawmakers in Tallahassee and Washington in the wake of the Parkland High School Shooting.
From The New York Times: Young People Keep Marching After Parkland, This Time to Register to Vote
“The pace of new voter registrations among young people in crucial states is accelerating, a signal that school shootings this year — and the anger and political organizing in their wake — may prove to be more than ephemeral displays of activism.”
“They could even help shape the outcome of the midterm elections. If voters in their teens and 20s vote in greater numbers than usual, as many promised during nationwide marches for gun control this spring, the groundswell could affect close races in key states like Arizona and Florida, where there will be competitive races for governor, the Senate and a number of House districts in November.”
“In Florida, voters under 26 jumped from less than 20 percent of new registrants in January and February to nearly 30 percent by March, the month of the gun control rallies.”
“The Harvard polling indicates that Democrats are the more likely beneficiary of the increased commitment to voting, with half of voters 18 to 29 saying they will vote Democratic.”