Report says young voters key to U.S. Senate race in Louisiana

Young voters could play a key role in the U.S. Senate election in Louisiana, according to a report released Monday by Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement.

The analysis shows youth voter turnout in Louisiana’s midterm elections varies dramatically.

For example, in 2006, just 17.8 percent of youthful voters voted. In 2010 the rate was nearly 10 percentage points higher at 26.1 percent. Young voters are 18 to 29 years old.

Young people made up 13 percent of the overall vote, with 299,000 young voters turning out for the 2010 election. in 2008, the margin of victory for Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La, was 121,000 votes.

“In this year’s U.S. Senate race in Louisiana, youth voters have the ability to make a decisive impact,” said Peter Levine, director of the center.

The center’s research also shows that in Louisiana:

• In 2014, there are 747,000 18- to 29-year-olds.

• Youth make up 22.3 percent of the population.

• African Americans account for 41.8 percent of young Louisianans.

• In the 2010 election, 30.6 percent of 18- to 21-year-olds voted, a much higher percentage than the national rate of 19.2 percent