By the numbers: New York Voters


● New York key fact #1: In 2012, there are an estimated 3,173,000 18-to 29-year-old citizens eligible to vote in New York;.1

● New York key fact #2: In 2008, an estimated 47.30% of young people in New York cast a ballot.2

Below is more information on the youth vote by state:


18-to-29 year-old eligible to vote in the 2012 election

18-to-29 year-old turnout in 2012

18-to-29 year-old turnout in 2008 (most recent)

18-to-29 year-old turnout in 2004 (most recent election in which only one party had a competitive primary)

18-to-29 year-old turnout in 1996 (most recent in which only Republicans had a competitive primary)

New York



47.30% 48.51% 40.96%

Source: Current Population Survey (CPS) March 2011

Historical Information about Young Voters in New York (ages 18 to 29) from State Exit Polls (1996-2008)







Young Voters Party Identification


Democratic Party

59.56% 52.99% 50.15% 46.14%

Republican Party

14.46% 18.62% 23.76% 23.29%


18.88% 22.43% 16.03% 22.42%

Political Ideology of Young Voters



47.62% 44.20% 35.75% 37.11%


39.56% 40.05% 47.17% 43.05%


12.82% 15.75% 17.08% 19.84%

Vote Choice


Democratic Candidate

76.31% 72.47% 64.05% 63.92%

Republican Candidate

21.09% 25.46% 29.99% 24.82%

Other Candidate

2.60% 2.07% 5.96% 11.26%

Source: State Exit Polls conducted by Voter News Services (1996 and 2000) and National Election Pool (2004 and 2008). Data provided courtesy of Roper Center, University of Connecticut.

1. U.S. Census, Current Population Survey, 2011 March Basic Supplement

2. U.S. Census, Current Population Survey, 2008 November Voting and Registration Supplement>

Longitudinal Graphs for Voter Turnout among 18-to 29-year-olds and 30+

All information courtesy of

Our job has only just begun…

As students of SUNY Oswego, as well as citizens of this great nation, it is our job to learn and educate others about the issues within our country. Our slogan, “Get informed. Be Active. Stay Involved,” is what we will try to spread around our campus. What Civic Engagement will do is provide students with educational events put together by us or by any other campus organization to help bring the issues that matter to the forefront. We also want students to be involved with the educational process so that there is a level of understanding within our community that these issues do matter, to everyone. We want to touch on Women’s rights, Gay rights, Civil rights, Student’s rights, issues on campus and in our community, and work together to see what kind of solutions we can come up with. Just because the election is over doesn’t mean we’re waiting until the next election. This is the time for our elected officials to know what issues and problems we have that we want corrected.

Tomorrow we will be starting to put together these events that will be going on next semester. We have big plans and hope to touch on all of the issues listed above and continue to expand on what we’ve done this year. If you have any ideas, are in an organizations, or just want to be involved do not hesitate to email us at or to stop by the Compass and chat. If we learned anything from last semester it’s that collaboration can make a huge difference.

Rock the Vote National

With your support, Rock the Vote ran a national effort that registered nearly one million voters, fought to protect the right to vote of young people, and then asked millions to turn out on Election Day.

We started the latest trend: young people voting. But we also proved that the collective “we” is the most powerful force – in our democracy, in our country, and in the world; and that’s the story that will be written in history books. 

Young people once again increased their share of the electorate and played a major role in the presidential election. According to national exit polls, the share of votes cast by those under 30 increased from 18% in 2008 to 19% in 2012, and those voters favored the President by a margin of 60% to 36%. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) released an exclusive turnout estimate yesterday showing that 22-23 million young Americans (ages 18-29) voted in yesterday’s presidential election – that’s at least 49% – maintaining the youth turnout levels of 2004 and 2008 and creating a new normal for participation as the Millennial generation enters the electorate. 

CIRCLE also reports that “at least 80 electoral votes depended on the youth vote,” citing that voters under the age of 30 were the deciding factor for President Obama’s victories in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The impact of this large and diverse generation of young people within the electorate is now undeniable. And it just proves that any campaign that ignores young voters does so at its own peril.

Live Blog: Election Party

There are a ton of people here for our election party and we are just getting started. Games and trivia are coming up in a little while, the pizza is going quick, and the giveaways are ready to be, well, given away. If you want to come down and celebrate democracy with us please don’t hesitate.