For Immediate Release
Shelby v. Holder – Three Years Later
The Invisible Face of Voter Suppression: Our Youth
- According to the US Census, in the 2008 presidential election 48.5% of 18-24 year olds voted. In the 2012 president election, 41.2% of those aged 18-24 cast a vote.
- In the 2012 election, in states where online registration was available, 12.8% of young voters registered online.
- In same day registration states, 47% of young voters registered at polling sites, making it clear that young voters utilize more convenient methods of registration.
- According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), the requirement in some states that photo ID must show the voter’s current address significantly affects young voters who are more likely to change addresses due to college matriculation or simply moving out of their childhood home. Additionally, states like Tennessee where government refuses to the accept student ID from any of the state’s 23 universities as a form of voter ID, it becomes difficult for students in particular to vote.
Founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.