Mar 19, 2024 - News

Ohio sees big increase in Gen Z voters

In this illustration, a series of voting booths get longer over time, like a bar chart.

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

A surge of new Gen Z voters in Ohio has caught the attention of the Civics Center, a nonpartisan group aiming to boost voter registration numbers.

By the numbers: From late August to Jan. 6, the number of 18-year-old Ohioans registered to vote increased by 35%, to nearly 50,000 people, the group reports.

  • That's an average of about 3,000 new voters per month.

Between the lines: High-stakes political issues — including gerrymandering, abortion access and trans rights — could be a motivator, the group hypothesizes.

Yes, but: Just under 32% of eligible 18-year-olds statewide are registered.

  • Franklin County's numbers are slightly higher, at about 34%.

What's next: It's too late to register for today's primary election, but there's plenty of time to do it before November's general election.

  • Anyone who will be 18 by Nov. 5 can register now.

Register online in a matter of minutes.

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