This year’s elections recorded the highest overall turnout since 1994. Even though the turnout rose among all age groups, the largest increase was led by the young people in the age groups of under 25 and 25-39. What does it mean for democracy and what drove the youth to the voting booths?
An incredible boost in young voter’s turnout shows that democracy matters and is highly valued by the young Europeans. The results also show that young people are embracing a more pro-European attitude and appreciate the representation of people’s voices at the European Parliament.
This generation also recognises the benefits it can reap from EU membership. Economic growth, cooperation between the nations or peace are just a few benefits that this year’s voters considered most relevant.
The high youth turnout was also driven by many other factors, some of which had a bigger impact than others. Mainly people recognised this opportunity as their civic duty in the same way as they do at their national polls. Combating climate change as well as youth unemployment were also topics that pushed more voters to cast their vote at the European Elections.
Moreover, the efforts of the This time I’m voting campaign have translated into the numbers of voters on election day. More than 44% of citizens recalled seeing or hearing messages from the European Parliament that highlighted the importance and encouraged them to vote.
Among the countries that led the in youth voter turnout were Belgium, Sweden and the Netherlands. On the other hand, turnout in countries like Slovakia, Portugal or Slovenia was still below 15%.