"I understand…why a young person might look at politics right now, the circus of it all, the meanness and the lies and conspiracy theories and think, what is the point? Well, here is the point: This president and those in power — those who benefit from keeping things the way the are — are counting on your cynicism…They're hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote, and to convince you that your vote does not matter."
President Barack Obama
at the 2020 Democratic National Convention
We believe that our democracy does matter. We believe that we can use our voices to elect officials who will be responsive to our needs and will create meaningful, tangible change. We believe that we can galvanize our peers to be a powerful catalyst for change in November and beyond.
In 2016, about half of the eligible voting population did not cast a ballot. Young voters, (ages 18-29) registered at the same rate as older voters (65+) but had one of the lowest levels of turnout; a full 30% below older voters. Traditional barriers--voter suppression, location and timing of elections, complexity of the voting process--describe some of the more significant mechanical reasons for lack of participation, but do little to explain the behavioral reasons why people choose not to vote.
We will excite and motivate potential voters who are not currently engaged and who may be deterred by either a lack of information or a sense that they don’t matter.