From the Axios morning email thingie:
“A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29-year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the Kennedy School of Government, finds a marked increase in the number of young Americans who indicate that they will ‘definitely be voting’ in the upcoming midterm Congressional elections”:
“37 percent of Americans under 30 indicate that they will ‘definitely be voting,’ compared to 23 percent who said the same in 2014.”
“Young Democrats are driving nearly all of the increase in enthusiasm; a majority (51%) report that they will ‘definitely’ vote in November, which represents a 9-percentage point increase since November 2017 and is significantly larger than the 36 percent of Republicans who say the same.”
“At this point in the 2014 election cycle, 28 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Republicans indicated that they would ‘definitely’ be voting.”
The poll includes 2,631 18- to 29- year-olds, and was organized with undergraduate students from the Harvard Public Opinion Project. (Margin of error: 3 points.)
I also note that over 100,ooo yutes have pre-registered to vote in California.
A whopping 100,000 16- and 17-year-olds have preregistered to vote in the Golden State since a law enacted in 2016 gave young people the opportunity to sign up to vote before they are eligible, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said last week.
The number is an increase from the roughly 90,000 who had preregistered to vote in California as of a month ago.
“The numbers keep going up,” Padilla told CNN. “These kids know that to change the political environment and policy, they need to register to vote, and they need to vote.”
Padilla’s announcement was tied to the launch of HighSchool.sos.ca.gov, a new portal on the secretary of state’s website connecting youth with civic engagement opportunities. Later this month, Padilla said, he will kick off California High School Voter Education Weeks, where he will hold rallies and speak to thousands of students about the importance of voter registration and preregistration.
Depending on the distribution of their age (pre-registering allows you to vote as soon as you turn 18, no waiting) and location, this could be the final push that rids Orange County (and other places) of the scourge of GOP representatives. Speculation, your mileage may vary, and the object in Devin Nunes’ mirror are much closer than they appear.