Highlights from Election Week 2021

Blog Post

Our goal is to make college campuses hubs of non-partisan civic engagement, helping every campus with a PIRG club or chapter implement the best practices that can really transform how young people participate and interact with our democracy.

Leading up to elections last week in Virginia, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, our team continued engaging students–making sure they were registered to vote and had a plan to cast their ballot. Students organized virtual and in-person phonebanks (including a costume-and-calling party on Halloween), organized events on campus, and presented in front of classrooms to spread the word about upcoming elections. Since the start of fall terms, our team of student leaders and professional staff:

  • Trained 1,650 volunteers
  • Made 14,147 peer-to-peer GOTV contacts
  • Educated 80,304 students about the election

The Student PIRGs voter registration and turnout effort is part of its New Voters Project campaign, one of the largest nonpartisan youth voter mobilization efforts in the country. The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project has run peer-to-peer student voter mobilization drives to turn out the youth vote on college campuses for more than 30 years. Its philosophy is that the full participation of young people in the political process is essential to a truly representative, vibrant democracy. The New Voters Project does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, a political candidate or political party for elected office.