New Voters Project

News Release | The Student PIRGs | New Voters Project

Student Volunteers Launch Last-Minute Youth Voting Push

As Election Day continues, volunteers and staff with the Student PIRG’s New Voters Project are going full tilt with creative ideas and proven tactics to drive youth turnout at the polls.

News Release | The Student PIRGs | New Voters Project

Student Group Announces Big Numbers Heading into Election Day

After months of major field organizing efforts in over 14 states, volunteers and staff for the Student PIRGs have helped to register more than 40,000 young people to vote and made over 200,000 Get-Out-The-Vote contacts to college students around the country.



Happy Election Day!

Join the millions of students who are voting this year. By voting in big numbers we can raise the voices of young people, together.

Polls are open 7:00am - 8:00pm

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Help Get Out the Vote in the Last 48 Hours


Election Day is around the corner and there's nothing scarier than missing the chance to make your voice heard!

Our New Voters Project is working to make sure students have the information they need to cast their votes this Election.  Help us by signing up to volunteer at one of our Get Out the Vote Reminder Phonebanks.

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Media Hit | New Voters Project

Student Groups Make Final Push for Voter Registration

Fewer students than usual could be found Monday on Sproul Plaza due to the weather, but some braved the rain for a final push to register students to vote, with hours remaining before the deadline.  Many student groups have launched initiatives to increase student voter registration in time for the upcoming midterm elections Nov. 4. Students from the campus voters coalition, which includes representatives from the ASUC and CALPIRG, worked on the New Voters Project.

Last Chance: Register to Vote


Click here to register to vote.

This Monday October 20th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in California -- your registration form must be postmarked on Monday (or before) in order to vote in this November’s election.  If you need to register for the first time or have moved since you last registered, click here to register to vote. It’s easy!

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News Release | CALPIRG Students | New Voters Project

Statewide Student Coalition Kicks Off Voter Engagement Campaign

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 

Report | CALPIRG Education Fund | New Voters Project

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. 


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