Get Out The Youth Vote!

Photo by Student Reporting Labs (SRL) Turning Out the Youth Vote series

 

On November 3, 2020, California voters will decide:
Proposition 18: Primary Voting for 17-Year-Olds Amendment

 

Statistics:

As of July 3, 2020, 2.65 million (12.66%) of California registered voters are 18-25-years-old. (CA Secretary of State)

More than 500,000 California 16- and 17-year-olds have taken advantage of voter pre-registration since the program launched in fall 2016. Their voter registration will automatically activate when they turn 18. (CA Secretary of State)

  • 287,283 of California’s pre-registered students have “aged-up” and are now registered voters as of December 30, 2019. (CA Secretary of State)
  • 125,902 Los Angeles County 16- and 17-year-olds are pre-registered to vote as of February 2020. (CA Secretary of State)

47 million 18- to 29-year-olds are eligible to vote in the 2020 election. (VOA News)

  • 18-21-year-olds were responsible for 4% of all votes cast in the 2018 midterm elections. They totaled 4.5 million votes, which was 30% of eligible voters in that age group. (Pew Research Center)

Take Action:

Host a voter registration drive in your California community

Become a California Poll Worker

CNN: A Simple Way You, Alone, Can Increase US Voter Turnout

Resources:

CA Secretary of State: California Students Vote Project

USC Price: California’s Youth Vote: 2020 Primary Election

National Conference of State Legislatures: Voter Pre-Registration Fact Sheet

Boston Herald: 2020 Presidential Race is on… for the Youth Vote

Pew Research Center: On the Cusp of Adulthood and Facing an Uncertain Future: What We Know About Gen Z So Far

Watch “Information for First Time Voter” (1:02)

 

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