YOUTH AND THE VOTE

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District of Columbia

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VOTER TURNOUT 18-29
32.20% 69.80% 56.70% 85.30% 49% Frey*
VOTER TURNOUT 18-19
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REGISTRATION RATE 18-24
60% CIRCLE*
VOTER TURNOUT 18-24
43.70% Census*

WASHINGTON DC

43.70%

YOUTH TURNOUT

Ages 18-24 (Census)

WASHINGTON, DC YOUTH VOTE

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TOP STRATEGIES/INITIATIVES TO INCREASE REGISTRATION & TURNOUT OF YOUNG VOTERS

State efforts to facilitate youth voting

High school Initiatives

  • Registration: Pre-registration available from 16. Registration and voting is allowed at 17 in primary elections if 18 by the general.
  • Board of Elections outreach to DC high schools and campuses.
  • From age 16, students can be paid poll workers. 
  • LWVDC supports high school registration.
  • On-line National Youth Summit for middle and high school students at DC-based Smithsonian Institution.
  • Successful high school voter registration:
    • National Honor Society and Rotary Interact chapters leading voter registration at Richard Wright PCS.
  • 2024: State Board of Education resolution to create a citywide high school voter registration contest.

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College and University initiatives

OTHER INFLUENCES
  • Voters 18-29 represent 27.1% of the electorate – the highest proportion in the US (tied with Utah). 
  • Lack of statehood status and full Congressional representation may decrease interest in elections.  
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