The articles, research, and organizations below illustrate the unique and important role young people and specifically young people of color hold in the electoral process and in the future of the United States.

7 Million New Voters

By the 2020 election, 7 million people of color will have turned 18 and are eligible to vote. These post-Millennials are on track to be more racially and ethnically diverse than their predecessors: In 2020, Gen Z eligible voters are expected to be 55% white and 45% nonwhite, including 21% Hispanic, 14% black, and 4% Asian or Pacific Islander. By comparison, the Boomer and older electorate are projected to be about three-quarters white (74%).

Sources: New York Times, Pew

Diverse Youth Voters will Reshape Political Parties

If this new cohort votes, they have the power to reshape political parties to reflect the issues that they care about and force these institutions to re-think and reshape their core values.

Sources: New York Times, Washington Post, Vox, GenProgress, New York Times

Diverse Youth Voters could shape the 2020 Election

These 7 Million new votes have the power and numbers to shape the election. The leading edge of Generation Z (people ages 18 to 23 in 2020) is projected to comprise one-in-ten eligible voters, up from just 4% in 2016, when the vast majority were too young to cast ballots.

Sources: New York Times, GenProgress, New York Times, Pew