Updates

Students take to the (virtual) Capitol

No one should have to worry over lack of food or access to safe housing, especially during a pandemic. Yet, these problems are so widespread that 38 percent of college students say that they don’t have the means to meet their basic… Read more

Home Safe for the Holidays

As we approach the final weeks of the fall term, we’re all eager to get back home and celebrate Thanksgiving and have a normal holiday. But unfortunately, that cannot happen this year. According to the COVID Exit Strategy, all but one state is trending poorly, and the country as a whole has seen its highest reports of new cases in the past few weeks.

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. 

Young people turn out in larger numbers in Florida

Preliminary reports from the Florida country registrars’ websites show an increase in voter turnout rate in student-heavy precincts. Florida PIRGs’ New Voters Project, one of the country’s oldest and largest youth-led voter mobilization efforts, ran massive get-out-the-vote volunteer actions in the final weeks leading up to the election.

Election Day Highlights from the Field

Happy Election Day! Across the country, young people are making their voices heard and showing up to the polls in huge numbers compared to the 2016 election. I’m so incredibly proud of the work our team has done over the last eight months building a student-powered campaign to make sure that America’s largest generation was heard at the ballot box.

The Last Push

It’s Election Week! The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is using the last two days to keep up the unprecedented momentum we’re seeing in youth turnout, with more than 4,500 hours of calling and texting scheduled from our student-led team around the country. I’m back to share an update on our work and an invite to join online Get out the Vote events we’re hosting this week.