FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Chris Bowling, 202-236-5889 (cell)
Distinguished, Nonpartisan CommissionAnnounced to Study and Inform Policies on YouthVoting
Focused on “WideRange” of Influences, e.g. State Voti
ng Laws, Civic Education Policies
Tisch College, Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA
,Tufts University’s premier center
for the study of youth engagement, announced this morning the formation of the distinguished,nonpartisan and scholarly,
,which will be charged withinvestigating exclusive data -- much of it collected during and immediately after the recent 2012 elections-- with regard to the civic knowledge, voting behavior, and beliefs of young Americans ages 29 and under.Following a rigorous investigation, the diverse, bipartisan group of scholars and experts from across thecountry will release a report in the Spring of 2013 outlining their recommendations on how to strengthenboth the civic knowledge and participation of young Americans.
A full list of commission members, information about the commission, and updates on its workand progress can be found online, here.
Commissioner Trey Grayson,Director of the Harvard Institute of Politics and former Kentucky Secretary
of State, said, “I'm excited about the commission. Too often we talk about issues such as voting and civic
tion without the data necessary to draw the right conclusions. I look forward to serving.”
said, “The policy choices our nation makes i
ncoming years will affect profoundly the lives and fortunes of today's young people. Helping them tobecome active and effective participants in shaping their and our common future is a profoundly importantchallenge. We are proud to help support this commission, which we expect will do much to help us learn
how to address that challenge.”
,announced today by CIRCLE,was formed in
response to controversies about recent voting laws (for instance, the new state photo ID laws) as well asdebates about civic education in schools and colleges. It will, however, take a broader view, considering awide range of potential influences on political knowledge and engagement. The commission begins withno position on the existing or proposed policies; its deliberations will be heavily influenced by new datacollected during and immediately after the 2012 election.