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.


Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Nikolas K.
Nikolas K3 years ago

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.

John chapman
John chapman3 years ago

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.

Blanca Surgeon
Blanca Surgeon3 years ago

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"

Barbara L.
Past Member 3 years ago

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.

Carole R.
Carole R3 years ago


Julie C.
Julie C3 years ago

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.

Justin Vale
Justin Vale3 years ago

and thanks.

Berny p.
berny p3 years ago

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

Panchali Yapa
Panchali Yapa3 years ago

Thank you