The 2018 Midterm elections marked the highest voter turnout in four decades, as well as record electoral wins for women and minority candidates. The election results allowed the Democratic Party to take control of the House. Newly released data by the United States Census Bureau give us insight into the characteristics of the results.
The Census data shows that voter turnout increased across the board, among all voting age, racial and ethnic groups. However, some groups had a higher increase in turnout than others.
Some key findings:
– There was a significant increase in turnout among young people. Among 18 to 29-year- olds, turnout increased by 16 percentage points. This was the most substantial increase for any age group.
– Voter turnout increased among both men and women, by 11 and 12 percentage points respectively. Women continued to vote at higher rates than men, which has been the case in every single midterm election since 1998.
– Americans with higher levels of education had higher levels of turnout. The two groups with the smallest increase in voter turnout were those with less than a high school education (5 percentage points) and those with only a high school diploma or equivalent (8 percentage points).
– Turnout increased among Hispanics (13 percentage points), non- Hispanic Asians (13 percentage points) and non-Hispanic black voters (11 percentage points).
– Voter turnout among those living in cities was higher than for those living in nonmetropolitan areas, unlike the 2014 midterms.
The Census data leaves with a definite conclusion, younger people, women, minorities, educated Americans and people living in cities showed up. That is very positive news for the Democratic Party, who have historically done well with young people, women, and people living in urban centers.
The question now is, will these trends hold up in 2020? We’ll have to wait and see!