Abortion and Equal Rights Are Driving Young Women Voters in Battleground States—and High Turnout Is Expected

Turnout among young voters in the midterms is expected to match or exceed the record set in 2018, according to new polling from the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School. The poll showed 40 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds say they will “definitely” vote in the Nov. 8 midterms.

A woman puts her ballot into an official ballot drop box outside the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office in Norwalk, California on September 14, 2021 in the recall election of California Governor Gavin Newsom. – Voters went to the polls in California on Tuesday to decide whether to oust the Democratic governor of the most-populous US state or have him serve out the remaining 16 months of his term. Gavin Newsom, 53, who was elected in a landslide in November 2018, is widely expected to survive the quirky recall election, fending off a field of 46 challengers, mostly Republicans. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

“In 2018, America’s youngest voters ran to the polls in record-breaking numbers to confront the challenges facing our democracy,” said IOP interim director Setti Warren. “Our new poll shows that those historic midterm numbers were not a fluke: Gen Z is a formidable voting bloc that demands to be heard. Across geography, race, gender, and background, young Americans view the world from a starkly different lens than older generations. Elected officials should pay attention.”

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