Vote for Human Rights 2020

Vote for Human Rights

Resources to educate for active participation in local, state, and federal elections.

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Where is it Declared We Have the Human Right to Vote?

UDHR Article 21: Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections

Fast Facts About Voting in the U.S.

The Youth Vote
  • 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)
  • 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)
General Electorate
  • A record 20.9 million people in California are registered to vote ahead of the 2020 presidential election. That’s 83.5% of eligible residents. (ABC News)
  • More than 211 million persons were registered to vote in the U.S. for the 2018 midterm elections, an increase of 11% over the 2014 midterm elections. More than 120 million Americans voted in the 2018 midterm elections, a turnout rate of 52%. (Election Administration and Voting Survey)
  • 16 states and DC have approved automatic voter registration, but only 12 of those states will have it in place in time for the 2020 general elections. 24 states will have same-day registration in place for November 2020. (HRW)
  • The U.S. ranks 26th out of 32 of highly developed, democratic states in voter turnout. (Pew Research Center)
  • 2020 Voter Registration Deadlines by State
  • Voter ID Requirements by State

“Freedom Summer” Documentary

Freedom Summer (Click to watch trailer, 3:36)

Take Action

Get Registered to Vote

Become a Poll Worker

Resources for Voters

Get Out The Youth Vote!

Voter Suppression

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Educator’s Portal–Lesson Plans

For educators interested in teaching students about their human right to vote, HREUSA, Teaching Tolerance and PBS have created free lesson plans and resources:

Contact the STF Team if you would like additional resources or can help us curate our teacher’s portal to your needs.

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