It’s Tuesday, November 6, and young people raised the roof … with record early voting numbers.

Look, the youths aren’t that great at voting, though we do like to pretend we’re civically engaged on social media, haha lol. A little less than a fifth of people ages 18 to 29 voted in the last midterms two years ago — half the rate of the general population. But this election cycle is shaping up to be an entirely different story.

Early and absentee voting has surged in battleground states — in some cases, it’s up by 500 percent! Here’s what we know.

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The great state of Texas and the peachy state of Georgia, both states that lean red, have seen much higher early turnout among young folks compared to 2014. Voting is up 508 percent in Texas, and 496 percent in Georgia. Early turnout among Hispanic and black voters in those two states also jumped. We’re seeing similar numbers in Arizona, Florida, Nevada and elsewhere. In Illinois, for example, early youth voting is up 144 percent compared to 2014.

Now, just because a lot of young people are deciding to vote doesn’t mean one side is necessarily going to emerge triumphant. BUT analysts do say that the youth vote leans blue. Young Americans are also the generation most worried about climate change. Seventy percent of people age 18 to 34 worry about climate change.

Is 2018 the year young folks step up to their civic duty? Time will always tell, they say (but not that much time, ‘cause polls close in like five hours).

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