Our democracy works best when we all participate and everyone weighs in on who gets elected.
We believe that the full participation of young people in the political process is essential to a truly representative, vibrant democracy. Together young people have the power to elect the next generation of leaders who will fight for our shared vision of the future, but only if we vote.
CONNPIRG’s New Voters Project works on campuses across the state to activate the largest voting block in the country. Through class presentations, educational events, and online outreach we work to make sure every student has the opportunity to have their voice heard in our elections.
Together we can have an impact on our future, on our state, and the country.
The Youth Wave
Our voter registration drive is the largest youth mobilization effort in the state of CT. Our campaign has gotten recognition from the Secretary of State’s office because of our work to help register students and give them the resources to get to the polls. We focus on meeting students where they are at- in their classes, dorm rooms and dining halls, and have one on one conversations to make sure they get their voice heard in all elections. We organized big events on campus leading up to Election Day like our “Ballot Ready Block Party” at UConn Storrs that had over 200 attendees. PIRG leaders also reached students through social media with their “I’m a Husky, I’m a Voter” video that featured campus leaders discussing the importance of voting. The video has been viewed over 2,000 times and features U.S Senator Chris Murphy!
Both in the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterm election we saw increases at the polls at student heavy precincts. In the past two election cycled alone we have helped to register over 5,000 students.
Despite increased turnout, younger generations still vote in lower numbers than older generations. We can choose to let other people make decisions that impact our future, or we can vote and get a future that works for us.
So we’re continuing the effort to educate and empower young people around the across the state to register and vote.
As we prepare for Election Day, we’re working with campuses to run a virtual civic engagement program in the fall, and we’re working with college campus administrators to make voting and civic engagement more institutionalized in residence halls, class registration, and other aspects of student life.
Register to Vote or Update Your Registration: StudentVote.org