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.

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Legislative Threats and Opportunities: Spring 2015

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To date in 2015, lawmakers in 24 states have proposed at least 52 bills that threaten voting rights, while lawmakers in 36 states have proposed to improve election administration in some way... Read more

Voting Rights Proposals Could Affect 2016 Elections

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Since January, lawmakers on the state and federal levels have introduced over 180 bills that would change state and federal voting laws. Read more

Indiana Election Bill Could be Confusing for Students

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An omnibus election bill that is moving through the Indiana legislature could pose a risk of intimidating student voters. Read more

What Kind of Year Has It Been for Election Laws?

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WASHINGTON, DC — With Americans heading to the polls in just four weeks, a new report from voting rights group... Read more

Make Voting EASY

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Recently, five forward-looking members of Congress introduced the “Equal Access to Support Youth Voting Act” or “EASY” (H.R. 5144). It... Read more

Opinion: Many founding fathers ‘millennials’ of their day

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Much can be gleaned from a report recently released by the nonprofit Project Vote on enfranchising America’s youth. Read more

States Push to Make Voting More Convenient

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In 2014, state legislatures considered almost four times as many proposals that eliminate barriers to voting as ones that create them.   Read more

Study: Voter Suppression Law Most Affects Black Voters

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North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law disproportionately affects Black voters’ access to the ballot, according to a new study by... Read more

Ballot Access Bill Passes Massachusetts Senate

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The Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly approved an omnibus election bill that would improve access to the ballot yesterday. Read more

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

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