4 Reasons Young People Don't Vote... and What To Do About It
Too many young people don’t vote. Why? Here are 4 reasons young people tell us they don’t vote
Securing the Vote Today, U.S. elections are subject to aging equipment, targeting by external actors, and a lack of sustained funding. These issues highlight the need to create more resilient, adaptive, and secure election systems. Representative democracy only works if all eligible citizens can participate in elections and have their ballots accurately cast, counted, and tabulated. We have the capacity to build an elections system for the future by taking the following steps.
Faculty Resource: Incorporation Election Engagement into your Courses
Much of campus election engagement happens outside the classroom—but because all students take courses, faculty members can play a key role. Here are some classroom approaches to help students participate as informed voters. Also, see our guide to Talking About Elections in Your Classroom. Provide essential information. You can download a pdf version of this resource here.
New Report on Student Voting and Political Engagement Looking for concise, evidence-based recommendations to raise student voting levels, improve campus climates for political learning, and increase constructive engagement across differences? Be sure to read Election Imperatives, which is full of resources and campus examples. Learn more here
Campus Vote Project Put your shades away and take out your bookbag because class is back in session and the 2018 midterm elections are right around the corner. Visit Campus Vote Project's website to make sure you are prepared this November.
The 2018 Election as a Learning Moment: An IDHE Toolkit
As you plan your work for fall 2018 and beyond, start with Election Imperatives. This report, which is based on years of IDHE campus climate research, provides a practitioner-focused list of ten recommendations for shifting your institution's campus culture. We offer ways to promote student political learning and engagement, along with actions to take and resources to help you in this vital work. Learn more here
Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), is a national nonpartisan project that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state, and local elections. Drawing in stakeholders throughout our partner campuses, we combine our powerful resources with personalized coaching, guiding schools on how to use our resources and navigate students through ever-changing barriers to voting. Working with us, schools help their students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves on candidates and issues, navigate confusing voting laws, and turn out at the polls. We worked with over 300 campuses in 2016, with a combined enrollment of 3.5 million students, while partner organizations distributed our resources to another 1,000 schools. We spent 2017 helping our campuses develop ongoing engagement strategies while getting students involved directly in Virginia’s statewide races and Alabama’s US Senate race. And we’re now engaging students in the 2018 elections. Because individuals who vote when they’re young tend to continue, and because we help schools deepen their electoral engagement each cycle, we generate both immediate and long-term impact. Learn more here