Drew DeSilver at Pew:
Americans appear to be more engaged with this year’s midterm elections than they typically are. Not only do about half of registered voters report being more enthusiastic than usual about voting, up from 40% in 2014, but turnout has surged in the 31 states that already have held their congressional primaries – particularly among Democrats.
In those states, nearly 13.6 million people – or 10.1% of registered voters – have voted in Democratic primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of state election returns. By this point in the 2014 midterm election cycle, fewer than 7.4 million people – or 6% of registered voters – had cast ballots in Democratic House primaries. (The same 31 states have held primaries as by this date in 2014.)
The total number of votes cast in Democratic House primaries so far this year is 84% higher than the total for the equivalent point in 2014. One reason: There have been a lot more contested primaries, which tend to attract more voters.
2018 CA Primary turnout by party followed trends from previous Gov elections. A 6-point over-performance by Republicans, a 3-point bump for Dems, and a 9-point drop for NPP/Other voters who don't turnout in primaries at equivalent rates. (Second pic highlights Gov Primaries) pic.twitter.com/3uh6vsS0W0— CA120 (@CA_120) July 28, 2018
There are 4.39 million Seniors on the CA Voter File, and an equivalent 4.39 million aged 18-32. So, how do they stack up?— CA120 (@CA_120) July 28, 2018
Seniors: 61% turnout in the 18 Primary, comprised 38% of votes cast.
Age 18-32: 17% turnout, comprised 11% of all votes cast.
But, also, look at this interesting comparison between ALL VOTERS and LATINO VOTERS. In this you can see how Latinos don't have a double hump in registration - they have a single hump, with voters skewed young. pic.twitter.com/j9Q1VDw0Kt— CA120 (@CA_120) July 28, 2018