After Parkland, spike in youth voter registration set to impact November elections

Shara Dae Howard
July 26, 2018 - 8:46 pm
Marjory Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky, far right, announces in Parkland, Fla. that this summer the students of March For Our Lives are making stops across America to get young people educated, registered and motivated to vote.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — New target analysis of youth voter registration following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, indicates young voters are definitely paying attention.

"Pennsylvania stood out above every state that we looked at. We looked at 39 of 50 states," explained Tom Bonier, CEO of TargetSmart, a data analysis firm.

Bonier said he was curious to know how the tragic Parkland shooting would affect young voters between the ages of 18 and 29. 

"We looked at the voter registration trends, both in the period leading up to Parkland shooting and after," he said. "Before Parkland, about 45 percent of the new registrants in Pennsylvania were under the age of 30. In the period afterward, that went up to over 61 percent."

Bonier said the numbers show youth are organizing as they are unhappy with the current leadership in our country. Without making predictions, he said the time leading up to the November elections is significant.

"This isn't just a moment," he added. "It is likely to have an impact in November."