As the U.S. primes for the general election next month, early voting has already hit record numbers – and young, first-time voters are making their voices heard.

Early voting turnout for this election is already shattering expectations. Notably, according to a report conducted by conducted by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, more than 3 million early or absentee ballots have been cast by young people (ages 18-29). The findings noted that over 2 million of those young people are located in key battleground states. This means that the number of early votes cast by youth has already surpassed the 2016 margin of victory in those areas.

CIRCLE shared a supporting graphic (seen below), which shows just how extreme the increase is from early voting by youths in 2020 and 2016. In Florida, for example, which is an important battleground state, early votes by young people have already surpassed 257 thousand, whereas in 2016 that number was merely 44 thousand.

While some of these findings are unsurprising given the increase of mail-in votes amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the report notes that the numbers are still “especially dramatic.”

2020 is the first time that Millennials and Gen Z eligible voters equal Baby Boomers and older generations, a States of Change report found. Older voters typically turn out at higher rates than younger ones, however, the study forecast that this could change next month. This shift underscores the important role of the youth vote in deciding the election. A new poll from Axios and Survey Monkey shows that young voters support Biden over Trump by vast numbers.

We can observe the bipartisan split even further by looking at early voting stats across the board. Currently, there are more registered Democrats voting early than their Republican counterparts. With Republicans opting to vote on election day because the president has tried to sow confusion and fear around mail-in voting.

Overall, the early voting numbers are incredibly encouraging for the upcoming election and the shift among younger generations could have a much more enduring impact on the country.

Still undecided? Here's why your vote counts more than ever this election.

What To Read Next

  • blank hoodies

    The Best High-Quality Blank Sweats in the Streetwear World

    Style
  • best scandinavian brands feature rains sandqvist stutterheim

    37 Scandinavian Brands You Need to Know

    Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Here's What Acne Studios' "Face" Mascot Actually Means

  • best sneaker apps feature Adidas Eastbay GOAT

    The 5 Best Sneaker Apps to Stay on Top of Every Drop in 2019

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Getting Hands On With the Certified Lover Boy Air Force 1s

    Sneakers
  • sneaker websites

    Peep The Best Sneaker Stores Online & in the World

    Sneakers
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.