Today is National Voter Registration Day! We here at YDMA know how important it is for everyone to vote and we want to help other young people use their power of the vote.
Voting Across the Nation
The U.S. has some of the worst voter turnout rates in the developed world.
We’re solidly in the bottom quarter of the table.
The U.S. Census Bureau has looked at voter turnout by demographics across the country every two years as part of the Current Population Survey. We can see since 1980 the pattern of voter turnout.
Despite the increasing size of the American population, we’ve had a drop in voter turnout over the last two decades. We have over a third of our eligible voters stay away from the polls.
Unfortunately, it’s young people who typically have the worst voter turnout rates. It’s our mission to change that!
If we look at the ages of eligible voters, Millennials now have the voting power of Boomers. If we all turn out in vote, we will win.
When Millennials Vote, We Win
The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)—the preeminent youth research organization at Tufts University – has done great analysis to show the power of the youth vote.
When young people vote, we primarily vote Democrat. We can be a strong voice for the Democratic Party!
Young people were excited to vote for Barack Obama in 2012, but lost enthusiasm in 2016. We need to be involved in the party to make sure we have more candidates we are excited to vote for. And we can get that if we get involved!
Voting in Massachusetts
Based on publicly available information, we have tracked voter turnout in Massachusetts in presidential and midterm elections. Despite lower turnout across the country in 2016, we had an increase in Massachusetts, which was in big part due to brand new early voting.
However, we’ve seen typically voter turnout fall during midterm elections – which is also when Massachusetts elects its governor. We have the numbers of registered voters to win, but we need to make sure to show up to take back the governorship. Let’s make the Blue Wave happen!
What YOU can do!
- Register to vote! If your signature is on file with the RMV, you can register online here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR
- If you’re already registered, make sure you’re registered to vote at your current address. You can find out here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/VoterRegistrationSearch/MyVoterRegStatus.aspx
Help make sure your friends and family are registered! You can also hold a voter registration drive, which is easier than you might think. http://fairelectionsnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/Massachusetts-Guide-to-Voter-Registration-Drives.pdf