Youth Voting

The Future of American Democracy

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Despite significant gains in voter turnout over the last decade, young people still lag behind in terms of representation within the American electorate, and are among the populations most vulnerable to voting rights rollbacks.

The fundamental fact of our electoral process is that one cannot vote if one is not registered. The first step in ensuring that young people cease to be underrepresented in the electorate is to institutionalize access to voter registration.

Policy Paper: Youth Voting

This policy paper reviews the voting rates of 18- to 29-year-old citizens, examines laws that hinder or facilitate participation by young, non-college attending voters, and provides recommendations for effective policies that can improve participation rates for all American youth. Read more

Model Bill: Preregistration

This document provides a template for lawmakers and other interested parties to draft bills in support of preregistration legislation. Read more

Voter ID and Same-Day Registration Laws Affect Youth Participation, Says Report

By Erin Ferns Lee October 10, 2013

A new report by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement examines challenges to youth voter... Read more

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How Voter Fraud Claims Justify Voter Suppression After the Election

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Instead of building safeguards and protecting eligible Americans’ right to vote, these lawmakers and partisans are using the last weeks of 2016 to willfully try to weaken our democracy. Read more

The Role of Voter Suppression in the 2016 Election

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While the full impact of voter suppression measures in the United States is unclear, we do have a glimpse into all the many barriers that affected voters and would-be voters in the 2016 elections. Read more

The Struggle to Protect Voting Rights Continues in 2016

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Project Vote intern Julia Burzynski explores the repercussions of the first major election without voting protections that were once guaranteed by the Voting Rights Act. Read more

Federal Court Hears Pivotal Voting Rights Case

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This week, a federal court heard a case "that will determine the outcome of one of the most unprecedented attacks against voting rights in history." Read more

The Ugly Climate in North Carolina

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Continuing a pattern of discriminatory laws, North Carolina just passed a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Read more

Victory for Ohio’s 17-Year-Old Primary Voters

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An Ohio state judge was right to stop Sec. of State Husted's attempt to prevent 17-year-olds from voting in primaries, but the decision came too late to help those who had early voted. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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The drumbeat for making voting more accessible continues as we head into what looks to be an extraordinary election in November. Read more

Project Vote Testimony on Washington Preregistration Bill HB 1294

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Project Vote presented testimony in support of youth voter registration bill, HB 1294 to the Senate Government Operations and Security Committee on February 25, 2016. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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Last week, in his final State of the Union Address, President Obama indicated his interest in modernizing our election system... Read more

Opinion: Reforming election process can improve voter turnout

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Project Vote and partners illustrate why Pennsylvania, where fewer than a quarter of registered voters turned out to vote in November, needs to update its voting system. Read more