New Voters Project

It's Our Turn!

When we turn 18, we have a voice in our community that we’ve never had before. We get to go to the voting booth and help decide the direction our country goes. 

At a time when we have more technology in our pockets than they had when they landed on the moon, why does voting seem so complicated? That’s exactly what the New Voters Project is all about — we’re here on campus and we help cut through the clutter of voting, so you can make your voice heard on issues that matter to you:

Just imagine the way you want the future to be:

  • A strong, stable economy where everyone has access to work;
  • Air and water that you feel confident is clean and safe;
  • Affordable higher education so students don’t have to graduate in debt;
  • And neighborhoods that are safe for you and your family.

That world you’re imagining — we will never get there if we let everyone but us decide.

Our newly elected leaders will have a big impact on what our country does for the environment, money in politics, affordable education, and more, so there is no more important time to make our voice heard.

There are whole generations invested — literally invested — in the status quo. But we’re not. More than any other generation, we have the power. We’re the largest, most diverse generation alive right now, and voting on Election Day is the first step in making sure our elected officials take the issues we care about into account.

So put this in your mind right now: “It’s our turn.”

Our campaign is here to help you cut through the clutter of voting: help you get registered, help you figure out where to go and what to do, and tell you more about the issues at stake. Together, we can show those who seek to represent us that we are paying attention. Our generation is active, involved, and ready to participate in the decisions that impact our community. It’s time to turn the tide, and show decision-makers that they should look to us for answers, because — truth be told — our generation is already imagining and creating a lot of them.

Together, we can push our country in the right direction. We just need to show up.

Issue Updates

Blog Post | New Voters Project

Vote UCLA is Halfway to Their Voter Registration Goal

The Vote UCLA coalition, which includes CALPIRG, the Undergraduate Students Association, and other campus groups, is nearly halfway to their fall goal to help register 15,000 UCLA students to vote.

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Media Hit | New Voters Project

FSU Students Push Their Peers to Register to Vote

Florida PIRG's voter registration project at Florida State University was featured on the local ABC news.

See the video clip here: http://www.wtxl.com/news/fsu-students-push-their-peers-to-register-to-vote/article_3874a814-8c22-11e6-98e1-8f4780385da8.html.

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Media Hit | New Voters Project

Rutgers PIRG registers 800 voters for 2016 election

The Rutgers Daily Targum published this story about the NJPIRG voter registration drive at Rutgers University. NJPIRG helped register more than 800 students to vote in the first four days of their drive.

Read the full story here: http://www.dailytargum.com/article/2016/09/rutgers-pirg-registers-voters-for-2016-election.

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Blog Post | New Voters Project

Students Turn Out for Debate Watching Parties

PIRG chapters across the country organized debate watching parties so that students could watch and discuss the debates together.

The local news interviewed Maryland PIRG student leaders about their debate watching party at the University of Maryland.

The local paper covered MASSPIRG's debate watching party at Salem State University.

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California Leaders Support Expanded Voter Registration at Cal State System

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Secretary of State Alex Padilla attended the California State University trustee meeting this week. They spoke out in favor of plans on the Cal State campuses to integrate voter registration into class registration. They posed here for pictures with Cal State leaders, along with CALPIRG director Emily Rusch (right).

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