Poll: 80% of Registered Young Voters "Definitely Voting"
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
CONCORD, N.H. -- Among young voters, 8 of 10 in battleground states say they "definitely" plan on voting, according to a new poll from NextGen America, a progressive youth voter mobilization group. That could mean a big turnout in New Hampshire.
Notably, this is a 10% jump from a similar "Youth Vote Vibe Check" survey the group conducted in July. Dan Bristol, press secretary with NexGen America in New Hampshire, said he's seeing similar enthusiasm in the Granite State.
"There's going to be a lot of engagement in New Hampshire. The Secretary of State has been saying that they're expecting record turnout," Bristol said. "And so, when there's record turnout, a lot of the time that means that it's going to be a lot more younger voters - who are less frequent voters, who maybe are voting for the first time."
In 2016, Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire by fewer than 3,000 votes, and college town support was key to that slim win. In NextGen America's latest poll, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is beating President Donald Trump among voters ages 18-34 by more than 25%.
Bristol said the biggest challenge with their work is getting young people registered to vote and educating them about their voting options. He said he tries to tie voting to issues that people in this age group care about in New Hampshire.
"For a lot of young people, we care about climate change. We care about having affordable college - New Hampshire has the worst student debt in the country. And we need leaders who will hear that and fight for us," he said.
You can find your polling place or track your absentee ballot on the New Hampshire Secretary of State's website. If you encounter any voting challenges, you're also urged to contact the national, nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.
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