According to the Harvard Kennedy School's most recent survey of 18- to 29-year-old eligible voters, 40 percent report that they will "definitely vote" in the upcoming midterm elections. In California, a high youth voter turnout is expected as more than 200,000 16- and 17-year-olds have pre-registered in the last two years. We discuss engaging the youth vote, why many young voters are registering with no party affiliation and hear from some Bay Area teens about why they’re getting politically engaged.
200,000 California Teens Register to Vote
Mindy Romero, director, The California Civic Engagement Project
Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University
Javaria Khan, student, El Cerrito High School
Khader Kakish, president and founder, UC Berkeley's Young Americans for Liberty Chapter
Melina Fike, student, Berkeley High School
Alicia Olivarez, program director, Power California