U.S. Census: Voters of All Ages and Most Minority Groups Grew for 2018 Midterms
The 2018 midterms saw an historically high number of voters turn out for a non-presidential election…????...and a report by the U.S. Census Bureau breaks down what it means.????According to the agency, over half of the country, 53 percent turned out to vote in 2018…????...the greatest amount since the midterms of 1914.????The 2018 election saw Democrats retake control of the House…????...while Republicans gained two more seats to add to their majority in the Senate.????The Bureau pointed to these key demographics for the increase of Americans doing their civic duty.????According to the report, 36 percent of voters in the age range of 18-29 turned out…????...the largest increase for any age group when compared to the last midterm in 2014.????The Census Bureau said over half of African Americans voted...an increase of 10 percent.????Michael McDonald, a political scientist at the University of Florida, told The Hill that in a higher turnout election usually…????…”...groups that have lower turnout rates have relatively higher increases than groups that already participate at high levels.”????McDonald also told The Hill “In a lower turnout midterm election we usually see the electorate get whiter.”????The political scientist added that the electorate that voted in 2018 was likely more diverse than even those who voted in the 2016 presidential election.