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

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Where? Click here to find your polling place.

You'll just need to tell them your full name, birthday, and address to check in before voting. It's also recommended you bring a photo ID, like your school ID or driver's license. 

Help spread the word by sharing voting info on Facebook or sending an email.

This is our big chance to make our voices heard on the issues we care about.

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Blog Post | New Voters Project

Help Get Out the Vote in the Last 48 Hours | CALPIRG

Get Out the Vote Reminder Phonebanks

Sunday, November 2, 5-10pm
Monday, November 3, 5-10pm
Tuesday, November 4, 10am-4pm 

Sign up for an hour here and we'll respond with the location.

At our phonebanks, volunteers will educate hundreds of students about voting -- like when and where you can vote on Election Day and how to make sure your ballot is counted. 

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Media Hit | New Voters Project

Student Groups Make Final Push for Voter Registration

Fewer students than usual could be found Monday on Sproul Plaza due to the weather, but some braved the rain for a final push to register students to vote, with hours remaining before the deadline.  Many student groups have launched initiatives to increase student voter registration in time for the upcoming midterm elections Nov. 4. Students from the campus voters coalition, which includes representatives from the ASUC and CALPIRG, worked on the New Voters Project.

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Blog Post | New Voters Project

Last Chance: Register to Vote

Already registered? Great. Please help make sure our friends are too: Share on Facebook. 

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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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