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U.S. Census Report Reveals Young Black Voters Had Highest Increase In Turnout

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Two million more black voters cast a ballot in the 2008 election than in 2004; and, young black voters had the highest increase in turnout among all groups, a U.S.  Census Bureau report released today revealed.

“We knew black youth influenced the outcome of the election and will do so for years to come,” said Melanie L. Campbell, executive director and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. “Today’s Census report backs up our findings.” Although voter turnout among some groups decreased or remained the same in 2008, according to the Census tables, overall 18 to 24 yearold turnout saw a two percent increase over 2004, reaching 49 percent.  However, 18- to 24-year-old black voters turned out at 55 percent, an eight percent increase from 2004.  “We knew our work made a difference,’” said William Kelllibrew, national coordinator of Black Youth Vote! (BYV!), the young adult division of The National Coalition.

“This report is confirmation of the success of Black Youth Vote! Since The National Coalition started the young adult division our work has helped to inspire a new commitment to service and civic engagement among 18-24 year-olds.”

The National Coalition’s BYV!  worked in twelve states registering new voters, educating voters on their rights at the polls, and urging them to VOTE FIRST.

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