Mobilizing for Power: Social Movement Activism and Electoral Participation in the 2018 Mid-Term Election
Posted: 14 Nov 2018
Date Written: November 14, 2018
The 2018 Mid-Term Election ushered in the youngest and most diverse Congress in American history, and witnessed a surge in engagement and turnout from young voters. This high level of engagement will likely set the stage for voter mobilization and continued activism leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election. Leveraging a unique, original dataset of 2,043 California youth ages 16-24, across each of the four major ethno-racial subgroups in California, including over 1,400 voter-file validated registered voters, this paper examines the extent to which ethno-racial identification, experiences with discrimination, social movement activism, geographic context, and socio-demographic factors influenced voter turnout among this age-cohort. Analysis also includes an examination of qualitative data revealing the issues and motivations for engagement in the 2018 mid-term election. Implications for enduring participation of this age-cohort are also discussed.
Keywords: voter turnout, voting behavior, youth vote, campaigns, elections, discrimination
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