In 2018, Young Voter Turnout Surged By 79%

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Overall, 2018 voter turnout was the highest midterm turnout in more than 100-years.

Turnout among young adults from 18 to 29 years old in the midterm elections spiked 74 percent from 2014 to 2018, amid the largest congressional election voting rates in almost 100 years, according to recent Census Bureau Data cited by the Washington Post.

Close to 36 percent of people in that age group voted last year, up from 20 percent four years earlier, according to the Voting and Registration Supplement of the Census Bureau. Turnout increased from 36 to 49 percent among the 30-44 years old group in that same period.

Overall, the congressional election saw large increases among groups with traditionally low voting rates. Turnout among Hispanics rose from 27 percent to 40 percent in the period, and from 27 to 41 percent among Asian Americans.

Interestingly, people in metro areas voted at slightly higher rates than those living in more rural areas — 54 and 52 percent respectively. Four years earlier, 44 percent of citizens in rural areas voted, while only 42 percent of those living in metro areas did so.

These shifts largely favored Democrats, who received 8.6 percent more votes in the congressional race than their Republican counterparts. Democrats won large majorities among Hispanics and Asians as well as 67 percent of votes from citizens below 30 years old.

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