In the 2018 Midterm Election, only 31% of young people actually voted. Most people are never even asked to register. In California, which offers easy-to-access online voter preregistration, still only 14% of 16 and 17 year olds are preregistered to vote. See our analysis and county-by-county breakdown here.
High schools could play a critical role in fixing this problem, but most schools have no budget, no training, and no planning for this role. The infrastructure does not exist. But you exist.
(Read “Grit, love, and sunscreen: An open letter to high school seniors.”)
How do we start? Our plan is simple: clubs and drives. We’re working with high students from across the U.S. (Cedar Grove, New Jersey to Compton, California) to support vote clubs and voter registration drives. Giving the resources and guidance to students to be leaders on their campuses will be the most effective means of seeing big changes in voter registration numbers.
By graduation, our goal is to support at least 25 high school clubs and registration drives each with a goal of registering a minimum of 100 students this semester.
We need your help. Here’s how you can make a difference:
- Encourage students and high school educators you know to register with us.
- Make a donation to send Democracy in a Box. We’re sending high schools boxes with everything students need to host a drive - from flyers to candy to stickers. Your donations will directly support the production of these boxes and getting them into the hands of high school students around the U.S.
- Spread the word. Like and share our posts on Instagram and Twitter.