18- to 24-year-olds voted in last year's election at the highest rate since at least 2000

Stef W. Kight
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Adapted from U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by William Frey/Brookings Institution; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Americans from ages 18 to 24 voted in last year's general election at the highest rate since at least 2000, according to an analysis of new census data by the Brookings Institution’s William Frey.

Between the lines: For the first time in at least two decades, more than half of 18- to 24-year-olds voted overall, rising from 43% in 2016.

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  • Black youths were the only group who did not post record voting levels — they had their highest turnout during the elections in which President Obama won.

  • Asian American and white young people saw the greatest increase compared to 2016. Just 38% of young Asian Americans voted in 2016, compared to half in 2020.

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