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

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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News Release | New Voters Project

Local Youth Vote Campaigns Launch Final Push To Get Out The Vote At Campuses Throughout the State

Using on-the-ground and on-line strategies, campaign volunteers are reaching out to their peers in classrooms, on computers and campus quads and urging them to cast a ballot. 

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Media Hit | New Voters Project

Campus groups plan to erect tents, help point student voters to polling stations

Following a collaborative campaign to register and educate UC Berkeley students to vote in Tuesday’s election, campus organizations are now making a final effort to ensure that students know where to cast their votes.

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Blog Post | Democracy, New Voters Project

Over 28,000

On Monday we dropped off our last voter registration form with the county registrar before the deadline. With 12 days until Election Day, I'm incredibly proud of what we've accomplished so far.

*    Over 28,000 California students have registered to vote or updated their voter registration with CALPIRG's New Voters Project
*    Over 800 students put in 4,000 volunteer hours to help make sure everyone on campus had the opportunity to register to vote.
*    All told, almost 40,000 California students have committed to voting on November 6th.

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