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The Youth Vote: Voting Trends & Attitudes Among Young People and Impacts on the 2020 Election


A recent Harvard survey found that 68 percent of young people say they will "definitely be voting" in 2020—a notable increase over past years.

We discuss trends in youth voting, including what obstacles they face, their attitudes, and what is being done in Maine to increase participation in democracy among the younger generation.


Richard Fry, senior researcher, Pew Research Center

Meg McCormick, founding director, Maine Students Vote

Lutie Brown (call-in), junior at Colby College; coordinator of Colby Votes,  a nonpartisan student-led civic action group

Theo de Quillacq (call-in), senior at Bowdoin, involved with the Bowdoin College Republicans

Gail Johnson (call-in), program coordinator, League of Women Voters of Maine & Maine Citizens for Clean Elections

Vivian Burnham (call-in), youth steering committee member, Youthwork Makes the Boothwork


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.