The Civics Center, an organization aimed at lowering barriers for youth voters, recently shared some important data regarding voting:
Every year, 4 million Americans turn 18 and become eligible to vote
70% of Americans live in a state where teens can preregister as early as 16 or 17
In every presidential election from 2004 to 2020, more than 75% of registered 18- to 24-year-olds voted
The majority of high school seniors are eligible to register before graduation
I found these numbers especially shocking since this data directly applies to my peers and me. I am currently a high school senior, so the fact that most of the other students in my grade are eligible to vote is particularly interesting. In school, we have sparsely learned about our voting rights and why it's important to vote. Knowing that many of my classmates can currently become registered / pre-registered to vote propels me to share information about voting since we learn very little about it in our classes.