Our democracy works best when we all participate and everyone weighs in on who gets elected.

We believe that the full participation of young people in the political process is essential to a truly representative, vibrant democracy. Together young people have the power to elect the next generation of leaders who will fight for our shared vision of the future, but only if we vote.

OSPIRG’s New Voters Project works on campuses across the state to activate the largest voting block in the country. Through class presentations, educational events, and online outreach we work to make sure every student has the opportunity to have their voice heard in our elections.  

Together we can have an impact on our future, on our state, and the country.

The Youth Wave.

In the 2018 midterm elections, we saw an incredible increase in youth voter turnout.

Increase from 2014 turnout in student-heavy precincts:

University of South Florida, Tampa – 289% increase

Florida State University – 198% increase

University of Massachusetts, Amherst – 75% increase

University of Connecticut, Storrs – 90% increase

2020 Vision

Despite increased turnout, younger generations still vote in lower numbers than older generations.  We can choose to let other people make decisions that impact our future, or we can vote and get a future that works for us.

So we’re continuing the effort to educate and empower young people around the across the state to register and vote.

As we prepare for Election Day, we’re working with campuses to run a virtual civic engagement program in the fall, and we’re working with college campus administrators to make voting and civic engagement more institutionalized in residence halls, class registration, and other aspects of student life.

Register to Vote or Update Your Registration: StudentVote.org

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