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Wrapping Up the 2016 Elections

By Student PIRGs

With the 2016 Elections coming to a close, so too is our 2016 New Voters Project. Regardless of your views on the outcome of the Election, the importance of our participation is clearer now than ever. Our New Voters Project campaign reached 80 campuses in 14 states, helping over 40,000 students register to vote, and making nearly 450,000 voter contacts in the days leading up to the election. Our work paid off: Turnout amongst young people increased compared the 2012 election. An estimated 50% of citizens aged 18-29 voted in 2016, up from 45% in 2012 and just 20% in the 2014 midterm elections. There’s a lot of issues that young people care about – from affordable education, to protecting the environment, to money in politics, students and young people are raising their voices, and thanks to campaigns like the New Voters Project, our voices will continue to grow louder in the years to come. It’s our turn.