Number of Young Minnesotans Who Voted in 2018 Called “Striking”
The number of young people in Minnesota who voted in 2018 midterm election nearly doubled since 2014.
According to Fox9, the number of Minnesotans ages 18-29 who participated in the 2018 midterm election nearly doubled from 21% in 2014 to 40%. The 19% jump surpasses the 10% increase in voters ages 65-79, though Fox9 reports that more older voters still turn up at the polls than younger voters.
Still, the surge in young voters has been called "striking" by St. Olaf College professor Dan Hofrenning.
MPR News reports that Minnesota led the country in best turnout at the polling stations in 2018. The 2.6 million ballots cast -- while down from 2.9 million cast two years before -- equaled 64.25% of eligible voters and still beat the next best state Colorado by a full percentage point, which -- according to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon -- " in election terms is a lot."