By Jeanette Senecal, Senior Director of Elections, League of Women Voters
As classes end this spring, millions of young Americans at high schools and colleges will walk the stage and begin a new chapter in their lives. Many of these young people will engage in their communities in new ways, such as by becoming full-time workers or first-time homeowners. Whatever they do, they will offer new and valuable perspectives, and it’s important that they make their voices heard. One of the most important – and easiest – ways that they can do this is by registering to vote.
Our democracy is strengthened by the voices of young people. Not only do they make up 21 percent of the voting eligible population, but they also come to politics from a wide variety of experiences. Young people are diverse in terms of racial and ethnic backgrounds, and educational and work experiences. In order to serve its purpose and help represent all Americans, our democracy needs their voices.
Congratulate the recent grads you know on their achievement, and remind them to register to vote or update their voter registration!
While some graduates might already be registered, not all voters realize that they need to update their voter registration record when they move. Make sure the new graduates in your life know that they can visit VOTE411.org to register to vote, update their voter registration record, learn their local election info and find everything they need to become active participants in our democracy.
Millions of voters head to the polls each year to stand up for what matters most in our communities and our lives. The nation’s elections are about our jobs, our health, our communities and our future. We all need to weigh in. With your help, we’ll make sure that all voters – including the nations’ new graduates – have a voice on the issues that affect us all.