LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Early press reports, including one by the Associated Press, claiming that 2004 was not a "breakout" year for young voters are being refuted by Declare Yourself, the national nonpartisan, nonprofit youth voter movement. Based on analysis of national exit poll data by CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement), the facts are as follows: * 21 million Americans under the age of 30 voted in 2004, an increase of 4.6 million from the 2000 election * The percentage of eligible young people who voted also increased, from 42.3 percent in 2000 to approximately 51.6 percent yesterday * In the ten most contested battleground states, youth turnout was 64 percent, up 13 percentage points from 2000 The surge of young voters at the polls has been obscured by an overall increase in turnout for all voters. In fact, youth voter turnout was the highest it has been in more than a decade, and four percentage points higher than its 1992 peak year. Youth voter turnout surpassed the goal of 20 million young voters and one million new youth registrants set by Declare Yourself and other youth voter organizations. Declare Yourself generated one million downloaded voter registration forms from its Web site in the past year.
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