Youth Turnout Rate in 2004 -- what a jump!

The youth turnout rate was the largest demographic jump in 2004 -- an increase of a whopping 11 percent. Check this out, courtesy of CIRCLE:

New Census Bureau data released today shows that the voter turnout rate among voters under age 25 jumped 11 points, from 36 to 47 percent, from 2000 to 2004. In contrast, the overall voter turnout rate grew by about four points, from 60 to 64 percent.

The increase in turnout by the youngest voters, age 18-24, was higher than any other age group, making it a significant and disproportionate factor in the overall jump in the number of Americans going to the polls last fall.

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