Eugene, Oregon — Although COVID-19 has reshaped the election landscape in 2020, as in the past, motivated young Americans are leading the efforts to mobilize their communities this fall, even with minimal face-to-face interaction on campus. On National Voter Registration Day (Tuesday, Sept. 22), college student leaders with the OSPIRGs’ New Voters Project will raise their peers’ awareness over social media, organize diverse coalitions of student groups and hold virtual events in an online effort to register thousands of students to vote.
The “Keep It 100” campaign has partnered with OSPIRG, a student advocacy group on campus, to conduct a competition running through Oct. 13 to see which UO athletics teams can recruit the most registered voters over the next three weeks
New expert estimates indicate that turnout of young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 will likely exceed 50 percent in yesterday’s national election. This strong showing places 2012 on par with record 2008 turnout rates and bucks predictions of a precipitous drop-off in young voter participation.