Social Media Turnout Highest on Record for 2014 Midterm Election
According to results published by the office of the Secretary of State, social media turnout for voters aged 18-29 reached a record high during this year’s midterm election. The statistic, gathered from news feeds across the United States, reported that over 70% of young adults voters made it to computers or phones yesterday to submit a post on social media about voting.
“It’s the first time we’re seeing so many young people involved in the process of government,” said Robert Fulton, Director of the Illinois Board of Elections. “Whether it’s only a Facebook status or an Instagram of an ‘I Voted!’ sticker shared to Twitter, young adults are doing more than ever before to make sure their friends know they took part in this nation’s social media process.”
It’s unclear whether this trend will continue, though polling indicates that young voters who received more than 25 likes on their Facebook posts about voting have a markedly higher belief in the efficacy of the democratic process in America. Despite this, early findings show that only 10% of the 18-29 age bracket did, in fact, vote in the midterm election.