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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Project Vote Testimony in Support of Illinois Preregistration Bill

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Project Vote submitted testimony to the Illinois House Elections and Campaign Finance Committee in support of preregistration bill HB 3909. Read more

Project Vote Testimony in Support of Oregon Preregistration Bill

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Project Vote submitted testimony to the Oregon Senate Rules Committee in support of preregistration bill, SB 802. 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

Project Vote’s Comments on Ohio’s Proposed Directive on 17-Year-Old Primary Voting

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Project Vote and the Fair Elections Legal Network submitted comments on Ohio Sec. of State Husted's proposed directive barring 17-year-old preregistered voters from casting ballots in Ohio's primary election. Read more

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

Model Testimony: Preregistration

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This document provides a template for advocates, citizens, and other interested parties to write testimony in support of legislation to permit 16-and 17-year-old citizens to preregister to vote. Read more

Model Testimony: Preregistration

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

Research Memo: Best Practices for High School Registration Programs

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In Project Vote’s ongoing efforts to encourage civic participation among America’s youth, we have been gathering data to gauge the existence and effectiveness of high school voter registration programs nationwide. This report compiles the best practices and effective tips that our survey respondents recommended for implementing successful high school voter registration programs. Read more

Model Testimony: High School Voter Registration

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This document provides a template for lawmakers and other interested parties to draft letters and testimony in support of high school voter registration. Read more

Model Bill: High School Voter Registration

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This document provides a template for lawmakers and other interested parties to draft bills in support of high school voter registration. Read more