Young League Volunteers Work to Get out the VoteSubmitted by Elisabeth Tue Oct 19 2010 10:06:00 GMT-0400 (EDT)
As we head into the final two weeks before Election Day, I’m happy to share thisfirst-hand account from a young Houston League volunteer who is doing his part to bring more young people into the electoral process through our 2010 High School Registration Project, now wrapping up in five states. I was thrilled to meet much of the Houston League volunteer team when I visited there a few weeks ago, and have been consistently encouraged throughout my trips to hear about all our Leagues are doing to empower young people.
From conducting voter registration at high schools, community colleges, and universities, to working with schools to host mock elections and other events to underscore the importance of democratic participation, Leagues at all levels have worked tirelessly to engage young people this year. With more and more Millennials coming of age and making up an increasingly diverse and influential segment of our electorate, our work has never been more important.
In recent days, both major political parties have made highly visible efforts to encourage young people to come out in full force on November 2. I’m proud to report that Leagues have been working on the ground for months to help young people –no matter their political leanings—get prepared to do just that.
Want to help young people take charge of their democracy? Encourage them to visit http://www.vote411.org/to get ready to head to the polls Nov. 2nd!