Written by: Tamara Manzer
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Youth MOVE National values the voices of young people involved in the decisions that impact them. Especially, the voices of young people with lived experience in mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and education systems. Therefore, we believe it is a critical time to mobilize young people across the country to exercise their right to vote. Young people hold power in elections, and can literally change our world and the systems that serve them by voting!
Nationally, young voters aged 18-29 cast 19% of all votes in the 2016 presidential election (Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement). Young voters overall are less likely than older voters to say they are extremely motivated to vote in the presidential election. In 2020 18-34 year olds will make up 40% of eligible voters. Only about half of registered voters ages 18 to 34 (52%) say they are extremely motivated to vote, compared with much larger shares of voters in older age categories (Pew Research Center). It is up to us to try to change that today!
With the pandemic lingering, we want you to know that voting is still possible. Young people have the option to vote by mail or in-person. Facebook’s Voting Information Center is a great resource. For information about events check out the National Youth Issues Summit. We have linked additional information below to help you with getting started with the voting process. As a quick highlight, some state like Illinois are getting creative and have set-up outdoor voting booths:
“It’s up to YOU to couple every protest with plans and policies, with organizing and mobilizing and voting.” —@MichelleObama
We encourage young adults across the nation to participate in this opportunity to influence the election and the future of the lives of young people. Tap into your networks of friends and family members and encourage voter engagement by registering together, putting out signs for candidates/issues, sharing on social media, and spreading the word!
Voter Registration Deadlines:
Also, your state may have same-day registration
For more information: