It appears that marijuana legalization on the ballot may actually improve youth turnout. Over at FiveThirtyEight Harry Enten disputes this conventional wisdom, but I believe his argument suffers from two important flaws.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 7, 2014 1:01 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 22, 2014 1:02 pm|
Thanks to a strange series of coincidences marijuana legalization could now be what helps Democrats narrowly maintain control of the Senate — even though not one Senate Democrat is willing to publicly support this popular change yet.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 8, 2012 1:44 pm|
The lesson for politicians and political strategists appears to be that if you want to significantly increase youth turnout, make the election about legalizing marijuana.
|By: Jon Walker Friday July 13, 2012 5:38 pm|
The number of young people who say they will “definitely vote” this November is very low compared with both other age groups and previous election cycles. Currently just 58 percent of registered voters under 30 definitely plan to vote in this election.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 3, 2010 1:15 pm|
Support for Prop 19 statewide in California is apparently less “fringe” than support for the Republican Party.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 26, 2010 4:20 pm|
Yes, marijuana legalization can motivate young people to vote. There is new evidence from PPP that Proposition 19, the effort legalize marijuana in California, is in fact motivating people to go vote this year.
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 4, 2010 8:59 am|
There is a growing body of evidence that California’s Proposition 19, which would legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana, will drive an increase in youth turnout this year. Marijuana legalization is very popular with young voters, and they are very tuned in to news about Prop 19. Both macro and micro indicators point to higher than normal turnout among young voters this midterm in California, and that increase loops back to the presence of the marijuana initiative on the ballot.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 29, 2010 12:35 pm|
Voters in California have heard or seen something about Proposition 19 at levels almost unheard of for any other ballot measure anywhere in the country. Among young voters, awareness of Prop 19, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana, is at an unprecedented (and almost impossible to believe) 94 percent.
|By: Jon Walker Sunday September 26, 2010 1:30 pm|
Support for California Proposition 19, which would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, increased significantly in the latest Field Poll (PDF). Yes on Prop 19 is now winning 49% compared to 42% against.
|By: Anthony DiMaggio Wednesday September 8, 2010 2:15 pm|
Author Anthony DiMaggio describes the decline of electoral participation among the young and minorities and the implications for the midterms