The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement’s state-by-state estimates of voter turnout in the 2010 midterms by age group, taken from the organization’s 2010 election fact sheet.
In eight states, fewer than 20 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 showed up to the polls. One of these states was Texas, the second most populous state in the country. Texas has actually long been ailed by lackluster overall turnout.
In the 2010 election, only 631,178 votes separated Texas’ two gubernatorial candidates. My math, based on 2010 the census population counts for Texas, suggests there were about 4,426,008 Texans between the ages of 18 and 29 at the time. 20 percent of this group—885,201 people—could have easily swung that election the other way.
Also worth noting: overall voter turnout (in all states) among those age 18 to 29 decreased by 1.5 percent between 2006 and 2010.
Maybe let’s change those low voter turnout rates this year.