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Updated Policy Paper on Youth Voting E-mail

May 9, 2014

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Today, Project Vote is pleased to release the latest updated policy paper in our Issues in Election Administration series, Enfranchising America’s Youth

Despite significant gains in voter turnout over the last decade, young people are still underrepresented within the American electorate, and are among the populations most vulnerable to disenfranchisement. Recent partisan attacks on voting rights, such as strict voter ID laws, have a disproportionate impact on young voters, and risk exacerbating further the existing disparities in the electorate. 

In this updated policy paper, Project Vote Communications Manager Erin Ferns Lee reviews the voting rates of 18- to 29-year-old citizens in recent elections, and examines laws that hinder or facilitate participation by young, non-college attending voters. The paper provides recommendations for effective policies that can improve participation rates for all American youth, including preregistration, high school registration, voter education programs, and other policies that can increase access to registration and voting for this underrepresented population.

Read this new policy paper here. 

 

 

 
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