The Numbers

The Youth Vote

In addition to a terrific map of what a nation governed by the youth vote would look like, reports some intriguing statistics about the election. Among them: 23 million young voters cast a ballot, a 3.4 million increase over 2004; youth turnout will probably end up near 53 percent, just short of the all-time record, 55.4 percent, set in 1972; Obama won 66 percent of the youth vote; and turnout was higher in states that were particular targets of the campaigns. The information was compiled by CIRCLE, a nonpartisan research center run out of Tufts University.