Youth vote down significantly in 2012 elections, erasing much of gains in 2004/2008

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The 2012 Current Population Survey November supplement has now been released which enables one to examine voting patterns by different racial and ethnic groups and different age groups.

Youth turnout among those ages 18-24 dropped 7.3 percentage points from 2008 to 2012, to 41.2%. This contravenes a CIRCLE report that preliminary turnout in 2012 was closer to 50%. [These declines have undone a lot of the gains in youth turnout in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections.]

If one breaks it down by racial origin, among all racial groups, voting rates for 18-24 year olds were down from 2008 to 2012, declining by 7.4% for non-Hispanic whites, 4.6% for Hispanics and 6.7% for blacks.  This reverses patterns seen in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections where the biggest voting increases came from 18-24 year olds.  For example, from 2004 to 2008, Hispanic 18-24 year olds and black 18-24 year olds increased their voting rates by…

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Waiting for the Supreme Court to rule

History in the making today in Washington, follow the story here:

This Just In

  • The Supreme Court issues two key rulings affecting same-sex marriage in the U.S.  
  • Part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down
  • The justices also cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California after rejecting an appeal on the state’s Proposition 8
  • Refresh this page for the latest news, analysis and reaction

[Updated at 12:12 p.m. ET] It’s the end of a busy morning of momentous rulings from the Supreme Court. We’re still working on getting analysis on and reaction to the two landmark decisions that will impact marriage between same-sex couples in the United States and we’ll bring that to you on, CNN’s mobile apps and CNN TV.

We’ll sign off this live blog now, thanks for reading. Here are links to more of the coverage we already have:

Our main story: Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage hailed as historic victory


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Laker Life

SUNY Oswego recently purchased a very powerful web-tool that allows campus and student organizations to connect with one another as well as the student body. Yesterday we created our department page along with a news article. Go check it out!