New Voters Project

It’s our future, let’s vote on it.

Two years ago, in November 2016, some of us weren’t old enough to vote, many of us did vote, and many of us simply did not vote. But our democracy works best when we all participate and everyone weighs in on who gets elected.

This year – 2018 – our generation will be the largest and most diverse group of potential voters in the country, with our own values and ideas.

The stakes are high and together, we have the power to elect the next generation of leaders who care about the things we do, and will fight for our vision for the future, but only if we vote.

Just imagine the way you want the future to be:

  • Air and water that you feel confident is clean and safe;
  • Affordable higher education so students don’t have to graduate in debt;
  • Where it’s clear and obvious that all our voices matter;
  • And everyone — even big corporations and billionaires — play by the same rules.

We can choose to let other people make decisions that impact our future, or we can vote and get a future that works for us.

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.

Together we have the power to decide the future of our city, state, and country. And we can get more people our age to vote. That’s what the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is all about.

We’re working on dozens of campuses across the country to activate the largest voting block in the country. Together we can have an impact on our future, on our state, and the country.

We know that people show up to vote when their friends and family ask them to, and they are even more likely if they keep getting reminded. So that’s exactly what we are going to do, we are going to talk to people about the importance of voting and the power that students have to influence the decisions made on our campus, in state capitols, and in Washington DC.

Election Day 2018 is quickly approaching and on Tuesday, November 6th. Our generation is the largest and most diverse alive, and it’s up to us to choose a future that works for us.

Imagine elected officials making college campuses their first stop when campaigning.  Imagine politicians making our issues their issues. Imagine college students on TV getting interviewed about today's important issues. Imagine the largest generation in America, is the most influential group in American politics. It’s our future, let’s vote on it.

Issue Updates

Media Hit | New Voters Project

ConnPIRG plans for largest and most aggressive voter registration drive UConn has ever seen

From the UConn Daily Campus:

ConnPIRG is planning to have the largest and most aggressive voter registration drive the University of Connecticut has seen, as announced in their first meeting.

ConnPIRG is a nonpartisan, nonprofit statewide organization that works to inform and put issues in front of legislators in Hartford.

One of their goals for the next three months is to register 4,000 students and mobilize 12,000 to the polls to vote on Election Day.

Read the full story at http://dailycampus.com/stories/2016/9/15/connpirg-plans-for-largest-and-most-aggressive-voter-registration-drive-uconn-has-ever-seen.

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Media Hit | New Voters Project

N.C. student leaders help increase voter turnout

“Despite the dire predictions of low youth turnout today, young people once again showed that when voter mobilization efforts pay attention to them, they show up on Election Day,” said Renford Lynch, North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) New Voters Project Campaign Coordinator and a sophomore at NC State.

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Blog Post | New Voters Project

Youth Vote Posts Strong Showing in 2012 Elections

[Washington, DC] New expert estimates indicate that turnout of young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 will likely exceed 50 percent in yesterday’s national election.  This strong showing places 2012 on par with record 2008 turnout rates and bucks predictions of a precipitous drop-off in young voter participation.  

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News Release | TexPIRG | New Voters Project

Youth Vote Increases at Local Student Precinct in Texas

Richardson, TX-  According to preliminary results provided by local elections officials, turnout at a local student precinct at UT-Dallas increased by 46% percent between the 2008 and 2012.

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