New Voters Project

Use Your Vote. Raise Our Voice

The New Voters Project is a nonpartisan effort to help register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day. We believe the best way to raise the voices of young people is to register and vote.

We do not endorse any candidate or party. Our job is to get young people to the polls. It is up to candidates to convince them who to vote for.

2012 Goals

The full participation of young people in the political process is essential to a truly representative, vibrant democracy. Since the launch of the National Student Campaign for Voter Registration more than 25 years ago, CALPIRG students have worked to mobilize young voters – spearheading massive registration and ‘get out the vote’ drives to turn millions of young people out to the polls.

In large part due to this work and that of the larger youth vote movement, the youth vote is on the rise.

2004: Young voter turnout surged 9%, an increase three times that of the general population.
2006: The youth vote increased again, growing by 2 million votes.
2008: The number of voters under 30 who showed up at the polls increased by approximately 11%, while the number of older voters who cast a ballot increased by only 3 percent.

A major reason for this increased turnout is that politicians are paying more attention to young people. If politicians ramp up their efforts to engage young people directly on issues important to us and talk to us as much as they do to older voters, then young people will continue to turn out in bigger numbers, ensuring a stronger democracy in the United States.

To continue this momentum in 2012, student volunteers with the New Voters Project will reach out to their peers on campus to help them register to vote and turn them out on Election Day.

Issue updates

News Release | CALPIRG Students | New Voters Project

Statewide Student Coalition Kicks Off Voter Engagement Campaign

Berkeley, CA – A student coalition that includes statewide student government leaders from all three California public higher education systems and CALPIRG’s New Voters Project gathered at UC Berkeley on National Voter Registration Day to kick off their youth voter mobilization campaign across the state. At the event, CALPIRG Education Fund released the results of their student survey on voting, The Voting Intentions and Opinions of Students 

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Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | New Voters Project

The Voting Intentions and Opinions of Students

While the youth vote has played a large and much-discussed role in recent elections, registration and turnout rates for young voters between the ages 18-24 still lag far behind older voters. 

In the 2012 election, 62.2% of eligible young people between 18-24 years old were registered, and only half of them (50.8%) turned out to vote. i 

The numbers were even lower in the last midterm. In the 2010 election cycle only 49.43% of eligible young people between 18-24 years old were registered to vote.ii 

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Blog Post | New Voters Project

Today is National Voter Registration Day - Join Us! | CALPIRG

What’s in store for our future? Will we be able to get jobs, pay off our debt, or protect our environment?

What we do know is a better future isn’t going to happen if we just sit around waiting for it. We can't expect these and others issues to get addressed if we don't make ourselves heard.

So on Election Day we need to show up, and show up big. It’s pretty basic: If we’re going to be heard, we all need to work together, raise our voices together and vote together.

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Blog Post | Democracy, New Voters Project

Last Day to Register to Vote Online | Donna Farvard

The good news is you can register or update your voter registration entirely online if you have a California I.D. so it's fast and easy to register to vote.

And you definitely don't want to miss the deadline. On June 3rd, Californians everywhere will be voting in the open primary on their top picks to be their next state legislators and members of Congress. You can vote for your top choices for candidates for office even if you don't belong to a political party.

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Blog Post | New Voters Project

4 PM ELECTION DAY DISPATCHES FROM THE GROUND | Student PIRGs

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Young voter enthusiasm and lines to vote grew on college campuses over the course of the day. .

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