Even though it's an off-year for national elections (neither a presidential nor 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.