Our democracy works best when we all participate and everyone weighs in on who gets elected.

We believe that the full participation of young people in the political process is essential to a truly representative, vibrant democracy. Together young people have the power to elect the next generation of leaders who will fight for our shared vision of the future, but only if we vote.

The Student PIRGs New Voters Project works on campuses in over a dozen states including AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, NM, OR, WA and WI to activate the largest voting block in the country. Whether our program is remote or in person, we work to make sure every student has the opportunity to have their voice heard in our elections.  

Together we can have an impact on our future, on our state, and the country.

2020 Summary

We’re proud that during the 2020 election cycle, in spite of a pandemic, our student-powered team worked at 200 college campuses to increase the youth vote from 2016 levels and give thousands of student leaders a crash course in organizing and activism.

Preliminary results from the 2020 election are already showing historic voter turnout nearing 150 million votes cast, including record levels of participation by young voters. Data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) estimates that based on votes counted as of November 6, 49%-51% of voting-eligible young people, ages 18-29, cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential election. This represents a 5 to 10 point increase over the 2016 cycle. We are so proud of our student leaders for being part of this historic moment for youth participation.

Along with increasing voter turnout, student leaders also sent an important message to leaders: young people vote. We are excited to build on the momentum and continue to develop cultures of civic engagement with our campus partners. It’s a culture where new voters can easily participate in democracy, where any young person can receive the training they need to effectively organize their peers, and where young people voting in big numbers is not historic but the new normal.

Join us in our year-round work to:

  • Make voting and civic engagement more institutionalized in residence halls, class registration, and other aspects of student life.
  • Mobilize students to vote in local elections
  • Train the next generation of student organizers and activists

Register to Vote or Update Your Registration: StudentVote.org

Want to learn more about transitioning your civic engagement program online? Check out our Digital Toolkit!

The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is America’s oldest and largest nonpartisan youth voter mobilization program. The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project, a 501(c)(3) organization with 4945(f) status, has run peer-to-peer young voter mobilization drives to turn out the youth vote on college campuses for more than 25 years. The New Voter’s Project does not endorse, either explicitly or implicitly, a political candidate or political party for elected office. Our goal is to engage as many students as possible in each and every election cycle in order that our generation be represented in the political process, regardless of ideology or political affiliation.  

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Statement: New data shows youth voter turnout on track to surpass 2016

New data from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) estimates that the percentage of all eligible young voters, ages 18-29, who cast a ballot in 2016 may increase between 5 to 10 percentage points in 2020. CIRCLE estimates based on votes counted as of November 6, suggest that 49%-51% of voting-eligible young people, ages 18-29, cast a ballot in the 2020 presidential election.

Election Day 2020 Summary

We set out this fall to show the country that America’s largest generation votes. Based on what we know so far, not only did we show that young people vote, we showed the country that they persevered and overcame challenges to make their voices heard in this unprecedented time in our country.

Youth voter turnout on track to set records in key states

The Student PIRGs New Voters Project, one of the country’s oldest and largest youth-led voter mobilization efforts, played a role in increased youth voter rates during the 2020 election. New data shows increases in the youth share of all votes cast in a number of key states. The preliminary surveys show that the youth vote share increased nationally from 16 percent in 2016 to 17 percent in 2020.