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CIRCLE Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge Release - Indiana

CIRCLE Commission on Youth Voting and Civic Knowledge Release - Indiana

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
Monday, December 3, 2012
 
CONTACT:
 
Chris Bowling, 202-236-5889 (cell)
 
David Campbell of the University of Notre DameJoins Nonpartisan Commission to Study andInform Policies on Youth Voting
 
Focused on “WideRange” of Influences, e.g. State Voting Laws,
Civic Education Policies
 
Tisch College, Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA
Today, CIRCLE
,Tufts University’s premier 
center for the study of youth engagement, announced the selection of David Campbell, Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Rooney Center for the Study of  American Democracy, to serve on the nonpartisan 
 charged with investigating the civic knowledge, engagement and turnout patterns of young Americans 29and under. The commission, announced last week, will be comprised of a bipartisan group of 14 scholarsand experts from across the country and will conclude its work in the spring of 2013 with acomprehensive report outlining recommendations on how to strengthen the civic participation of 
 America’s youth.
Campbell said: "Today's young people have demonstrated that they are ready, willing, and able to have apositive impact on their communities, the nation, and the world. Our hope is to channel the tremendouscivic energy and innovation of young people into the political process, to ensure that our elected officialshear and heed their voices."
 
A full list of commission members, information about the commission, and updates on its workand progress can be found online, here.
Spencer Foundation President Michael S. McPherson
,one of the main grant funders of the commission’s
work
, said, “The policy choices our nation makes in coming years will affect profoundly the lives and
fortunes of today's young people. Helping them to become active and effective participants in shapingtheir and our common future is a profoundly important challenge. We are proud to help support this
commission, which we expect will do much to help us learn how to address that challenge.”
 
The 
 was formed in response to controversies aboutrecent voting laws (for instance, the new state photo ID laws) as well as debates about civic education in

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