Thanks to you, the work of our volunteers, campus leaders, the thousands of students who signed petitions, and our coalition partners, we won our Million Clean Cars Campaign!
The state legislature voted to approve the Million Clean Cars program last month and Governor Brown signed the bill just last week.
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.
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
Young voters face more barriers to registration and turnout than older voters: Many of them are becoming eligible for the first time, they move frequently for school or economic reasons, and they are new to the ins and outs of the electoral process.
Click here to register to vote. And remind your friends to register before Oct. 20th!
PIRG In The News
A voter registration drive and rally near Sather Gate on Tuesday aimed to publicize California’s new online voter registration system and to register new voters.
CALPIRG, the California New Americans Vote Campaign, and the University of California Student Association are coming together this Fall to ask students across the San Diego area to register to vote online. These groups are appearing on San Diego campuses and neighborhoods with their newly developed online registration tool that is linked to the California Secretary of State’s database.
With the national presidential elections in November quickly approaching, ASUCD and California Public Interest Group (CALPIRG) have joined forces to promote and facilitate voter registration among UC Davis undergraduates with AggiesVote.
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