Young Voters Turned Out in Historic Numbers, Early Estimates Show

According to US News, “young adults motivated by social issues and dissatisfied with the Trump administration turned out in record numbers to vote in the 2018 midterms and backed Democratic candidates by historic margins, initial analysis shows.

Thirty-one percent of voters aged 18 to 29 cast ballots in the 2018 midterm elections, shattering turnout rates from the past quarter century, according to an estimate by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. This year’s turnout was at least 10 percent higher than for the 2014 midterms, according to the center’s estimates…” (Read full article)

This fall, HRW Student Task Force members got more than 1,200 people registered and preregistered to voteeducated their campus communities and got out the vote leading up to the November 6 midterm elections. Congratulations on so many successful events!

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Students at Academy of the Canyons voted on Propositions 6, 7 and 12 during their mock election on November 2.
Photo by Joelle Min
The day before the midterm elections, students at Archer School for Girls got educated on how to vote for human rights and participated in a mock election. Photo by Hannah Cremer
Culver City STF hosted 10 voter education classroom presentations. The chapter addressed myths about the voting process, shared voting resources, discussed certain candidates and ballot propositions using the human rights lens, and stressed the importance of the youth vote.
STFers at New Roads filled two tents with information about immigration and gun violence, and shared gubernatorial candidates John Cox and Gavin Newsom’s positions on each topic. Classes rotated through the tents throughout the day on November 2. Photo by Iris Erwin
Sierra Canyon members educated their campus about how to vote for human rights by displaying articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, photos of human rights violations in the United States and the positions of their candidates running for governor, federal senator and state assembly. The event was held November 2. Photo by Tessa Mouw
During their chapter meeting on November 1, Wildwood STFers decorated their school’s main hallway with Get Out the Vote posters to encourage their community to vote on November 6. Photo by Kate Thomas

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