Creative Citizenship

Voter Access Initiative

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we keep our democracy strong.

Even though it's an off-year for national elections (neither a presidential no a midterm election takes place) democratic engagement never ends! Learn about opportunities to take action both locally and nationally. 


STUDENT VOTERS MATTER!

  • Local races and issues have a direct impact on a student’s home and college community. Local elections decide state and city officials, and if we don’t vote in these elections, we are allowing someone to get into a position of power that does not represent the majority of us.
  • The 2020 election saw the highest voter turnout since the 1900 U.S. Presidential Election. An analysis from Tufts University shows that 50% of youth voted, an 11-point increase from the 2016 election.
  • Post-election analysis by AP VoteCast and the Associated Press show that 70% of youth that voted did so by absentee or early voting.
  • Many young voters took to the polls and felt motivated to vote to combat racial injustice — 68% of polled youth voters said they saw voting as a method to stop violence against BIPOC. Voting and getting engaged are a way to protest!

If you aren't eligible to vote, learning about voting and encouraging eligible friends to vote is just as impactful, and by living in the U.S. voting still affects you even if you aren't voting yourself. There are many other ways to get civically engaged! Learn more here.

SOURCE: circle.tufts.edu
NOTES: youth = ages 18-29 years old

Election Time Care

Resources for post-election care such as a calendar of events, tips for holding space for constructive conversation, and opportunities to prioritize health and wellness.

Disenfranchised Voter Project

MICA’s Voter Access Initiative is organized a project about voter disenfranchisement for the 2020 Presidential Election. Our school campus is located in the United States, but many of our community members cannot vote in U.S. elections. Everyone's opinions on this country are important, and we wanted to know what issues mattered to disenfranchised voters.