Philly voter data shows millennials had highest turnout in midterms compared to 2014

Pat Loeb
December 14, 2018 - 1:06 pm



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners has been crunching the numbers since Election Day to get some insight into voting patterns, and it found a promising trend among young voters.

Commissioner Al Schmidt compared voting, by age, from this November election to the midterm turnout in 2014.

"Younger voters between the age of 18 and 34 increased by over 100 percent over four years ago," he said.


Voter Turnout
Courtesy: Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners

Schmidt noted every age group actually had a higher turnout than four years ago. But for voters ages 50 to 64 — who always turn out in large numbers — the increase was 22 percent, so they were outvoted this time by the normally tepid 18- to 34-year-olds.

"They went from being the fewest number of voters, broken down by age, to the largest number of voters, broken down by age group," said Schmidt.

An earlier analysis of ward turnout leads Schmidt to believe younger voters from Northern Liberties, Center City and South Philly were behind the big increases.