Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day, and the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project and thousands of other youth volunteers were out in full force to help their peers register to vote and participate in our democracy. I’m so inspired by the youth taking action this week, who didn’t let the new reality of virtual learning get in the way of organizing. Yesterday, we helped one voter register every 48 seconds for 15 hours — read on for more highlights from the day!
COVID-19 has reshaped 2020’s election landscape, but that hasn’t stopped the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project from extensive outreach for Tuesday’s National Voter Registration Day. The organization, which is one of the country’s oldest and largest youth-led voter mobilization efforts, is taking tried-and-tested campaign tactics and adapting them to reach students in an online world.
Nationwide – Although COVID-19 has reshaped the election landscape in 2020, as in the past, motivated young Americans are leading the efforts to mobilize their communities this fall, even with minimal face-to-face interaction on campus. On National Voter Registration Day (Tuesday, Sept. 22), college student leaders with the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project will raise their peers’ awareness over social media, organize diverse coalitions of student groups and hold virtual events in an online effort to register thousands of students to vote.
Perhaps more than ever before, youth activism and political engagement are on the rise. But due to a set of unique challenges, including the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there is uncertainty about whether young people will finally secure the representation that they are capable of.
Young people are fired up. They’re going to protests and signing petitions. 83 percent believe they have the power to change the country. The next step is to make sure they take that energy and enthusiasm to the polls on Election Day. In… Read more
This summer, more than 350 Student PIRGs New Voters Project interns will work with college campuses and state election officials across the United States to adopt safe voting policies, register students online, and educate students on how to cast their ballots in the November general election. As a part of Rock the Vote’s Democracy Summer, the New Voters Project will also recruit and train hundreds of fellow students to mobilize thousands of peers to register to vote.
More than 300 student interns and volunteers will join the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project this summer, working in more than 15 states with college campuses, cities and states to make it easier and safer for their peers to vote in November during COVID-19.
The past two weeks mark an important milestone—the start of primary elections across the country. Students are making sure their voices will be heard from now to Election Day and beyond.
National Voter Registration Day may be over, but the work to engage and empower students continues!
I am incredibly inspired by our student leaders today. The hard work, drive, and passion shown by students across the country, demonstrate that young people are not sitting on the sidelines and will work hard to get their voices heard. Here are some of my favorite highlights from the day.
Nationwide – Young people are taking the lead on college campuses to make sure their voices are heard in the upcoming elections. Students leaders are working with student governments, administrators, professors and county registrars to ensure that young people have a say in the democratic process.