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					March 5, 2008 Updated June 4, 2008

Young Voter Turnout 2008 - Primaries and Caucuses
The 2008 elections are shaping up to be the year of the young voter. After big increases in young voter turnout in 2004 and 2006, many skeptics wondered if the momentum would continue into 2008. The answer is a resounding yes. Where comparable exit poll data was available the number of 18-29 year old voters increased in every stateʼs primary or caucus, even doubling and tripling in many. Overall, the number of 18-29 year i olds voting in primaries and caucuses in 2008 is 103% more than in the previous set of primary elections. In addition, while turnout has been high across all age groups, young voters have increased their turnout by much more than any other age cohort. Turnout has been up, but so has the percent of the electorate young people make up (known as “share”). Not only are young adults voting in larger numbers, they are also increasing their presence at the polls more than are older voters. The results below demonstrate the incredible participation of young voters in 2008:

Turnout of 18-29 Year Olds in the Presidential Primaries
State Youth Vote Increase % Increase Dem 2004 Dem 2008 Dem Increase GOP 2000 GOP 2008 GOP Increase

Combined Iowa New Hampshire Michigan South Carolina Florida Alabama Arkansas Arizona California Connecticut Delaware Georgia Illinois Massachusetts Missouri New Mexico New Jersey New York Oklahoma Tennessee Utah Louisiana Maryland Virginia Wisconsin Ohio Rhode Island Texas Vermont Mississippi Pennsylvania Indiana North Carolina Kentucky Oregon Puerto Rico Montana South Dakota

2,412,329 38,788 28,703 -24,277 35,295 209,217 21,460 335,421 31,785 6,641 159,498 139,683 106,649 194,860 55,080 95,942 30,886 57,138 93,455 86,686 191,809 21,384 431,665 7,502 57,058 -

103% 133% 50% -18% 42% 247% 47% 58% 167% 222% 126% 139% 125% 160% 188% 209% 131% 65% 95% 95% 66% 806% 229% 102% 402% -

1,110,806 20,756 30,770 26,446 42,771 16,726 319,028 6,501 2,996 68,949 55,367 37,651 57,251 18,143 25,857

4,963,587 55,001 51,931 100,952 74,501 157,493 69,159 27,659 36,530 671,422 34,719 9,637 180,345 300,570 175,635 115,275 11,872 144,218 262,325 37,549 81,027 20,845 38,435 108,875 137,939 177,806 349,893 24,038 449,173 14,887 57,609 276,800 216,749 217,217 89,305 98,080 49,995 25,396 12,728

2,191,237 34,245 21,160 48,055 114,722 19,804 352,394 28,218 6,641 111,395 120,268 77,625 205,074 19,406 55,170 27,119 70,356 106,241 86,686 240,002 21,384 365,250 7,502 52,519 -

1,236,293 8,514 26,203 137,269 57,310 41,970 29,040 256,313 12,529 57,887 45,264 47,536 64,846 11,233 20,063 12,349 48,884 66,409 178,763 104,796 9,114 -

1,769,213 13,057 33,745 112,992 44,550 136,465 67,415 22,458 30,696 239,341 16,097 105,990 88,501 64,679 76,560 44,548 54,631 46,908 60,835 45,401 16,117 35,666 53,623 43,503 130,571 171,211 13,653 -

221,092 4,543 7,543 -24,277 -12,760 94,495 1,656 -16,972 3,568 48,103 19,415 29,024 -10,215 35,675 40,772 3,767 -13,218 -12,787 -48,192 66,415 4,539 -

11,316 38,518 31,698 91,120 109,891 2,653 83,923 7,385 5,090 -

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Turnout and share figures in this document are compared to the turnout and share figures for each party’s most recent competitive primary cycle based on exit polls. For Democrats, numbers are compared to 2004; for Republicans, they are compared to 2000. Vote shares are from CNN exit polls and CIRCLE; vote totals are from CNN and the United States Elections Project.


				
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Description: Voter turnout is critical in any election, so Rock the Vote created this document outlining young voter turnout at the 2008 primaries. Will the numbers match the turnout in the general election?