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Help the New Graduates You Know Register to Vote

Help the New Graduates You Know Register to Vote

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 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.

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8:09PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Hmmm what happened to the parents carrying out their true function of educating their children in the ways of society or the education system teaching student their constitutional rights and how to implement them. Hmmmmm sorry thats not the purpose of education its all about creating docile slaves who cannot think for themselves. Its all very well in getting register but I wonder just how many actually think of the consequences of their vote or even care as long as they are approved by others for the choice they brag about or deny when it all goes wrong.

7:55PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

It's hard to counter the feeling that our politicians are self serving borderline crooks who have sold themselves to the highest bidders.

I'd have a hard time trying to convince them otherwise, when I don't believe it myself.

I'd love to see a new party that I could get as excited about as the Teabaggers. (however misguided they might be) are about their splinter group.

5:53PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

This is totally important. And yes all of us need to help. I have been after my niece encouraging her to register to vote and making her understand the magnitude and impact her vote can do. She should be proud that she can vote. How do we effectively send that message to all young people. There should be a campaign "Now I can vote"

2:12PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

You need to instill early on the civic responsibility of voting. Take them with you when you go to vote while they're still young.

It is your responsibility to your country, your state, your county, your community.

Don't vote? Don't complain. You have failed in your responsibility as a member of society.

2:03PM PDT on Jun 4, 2014


10:56AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

In Oregon, the voting age is 18, so there aren't many college graduates. Registering to vote is one of the first adult things a lot of people do, so giving them a little help is not out of bounds, to me. For people who take it seriously, it can be a little overwhelming to realize you are now one of the people who get to vote on government matters. Especially if you live in a small town, that means a lot.

10:36AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

and thanks.

8:55AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

You mean they have graduate but DONT KNOW HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE? IF YES........then they should not be graduate!

8:14AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Thank you

7:34AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

Sure get em right after Liberal teachers have had them to indoctrinate them into the BS that is liberalism.

Not to worry Liberals, I'm sure Obama will find a way to use his pen to let illegal aliens come over and vote just in time for 2016

The advantage in swaying college kids is they don't watch the news or read the paper, they get their news from twitter and other Social media.

When you see "Man on the Street" Interviews they (and most) Americans don't know who holds any political position except can you vote, I'm sure they are told just mark anyone but a Republican

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