We Rise, We Vote
A campaign by young people for young people, to encourage voter participation in the 2018 midterms
This peer-to-peer campaign launches with a video from Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez speaking out about the critical nature of these elections on the future of our planet. Following that, other youth leaders and celebs will share their own videos and memes about why it is so important for everyone - and especially the youth - to get out and #RockTheVote.
Why Your Vote Matters
Between the 2016 election and this year's, more than 4,000,000 young people turn 18.
The generations under 35 today are progressive, diverse, educated and focused on equality. There is only one problem: young people vote at a lower rate than any other age group.
Millennials and younger are about to surpass Baby Boomers as the largest group at voting age in America.
If we all voted, imagine the change we could create.
The Impact of Young Voters
The research of CIRCLE (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University) focuses on young people in the United States, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life.
Their work uncovered data-driven insights about the states and congressional districts where youth are poised to have a disproportionately high electoral impact in 2018.
Take a look at their interactive data to learn the impact of young voters:
If you don't use your voting power, you can't impact the outcomes.
Imagine the Impact if All Young People Voted
What if young voters turned out in 2018 in disproportionately high numbers? Not everyone of voting age votes. That means those who do vote decide the outcome. As shown on the chart below, U.S. voter turnout is significantly lower than many other countries during elections.
If Young Voters Don't Vote, Who Does?
You might be surprised to learn who votes and just how many people actually vote. The United States Election Project, of the University of Florida Department of Political Science, put together a whole library of charts on Voter Turnout in the United States by Age Group, Education, Ethnicity and Race.
What if voters of marginalized groups voted for their rights in disproportionately high numbers this year?
How to Get Involved
- Register to vote!
- Visit nofossilfuelmoney.org to find out which candidates are backed by Big Oil
- Research candidates at OpenSecrets.org to see where all their money comes from
- Share this page www.earthguardians.org/werisewevote to spread the word to your friends
- Host a voter drive at your school or in your community
- Vote in the midterms!
Voting resources specifically for college students - including info for students to get involved and help increase fellow student voting: Voting Info for College Students
If you need to learn more about voting laws in your state: Voter Registration Info by State
We've partnered with Rock the Vote, a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 in response to censorship of hip-hop and rap artists. Every Resource Imaginable for Youth Voters
You can register to vote right now below!