Shortly after the Supreme Court delivered its abortion ruling in June, I began noticing a stream of photos of people who looked like they were in their teens or 20s crying outside the Supreme Court – some out of joy, some out of devastation. Their positioning front and center isn’t random.

The Dobbs ruling may motivate more young voters – on both sides of the issue – to turn out in the upcoming midterms, explains Abby Kiesa, the deputy director of CIRCLE, a research organization at Tufts University that focuses on youth civic engagement. If they do, their vote could play a pivotal role in this year’s elections, she writes. Over two-thirds of people ages 18 to 30 disapprove of the court’s ruling, far higher than any other age group, Kiesa notes.

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Abortion-rights activists gather in front of the Supreme Court in May 2022 ahead of the Dobbs decision. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

More young voters could come out to vote in November, sparked by abortion and other hot political issues

Abby Kiesa, Tufts University

As many as 80% of young people want abortion to be legal, and most disagree with the Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs v. Jackson ruling. This could lead to high youth voting rates in the 2022 midterms.

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