‘The future is now’ begins with a 2022 midterm election initiative designed to register 30,000 young people to vote and claim our democracy
NEW YORK, September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ahead of National Voter Registration Day on September 20, dosomething.orgthe national hub for youth-centered activism, today launches “The future is now. “The multi-year civic engagement program will activate new voters and encourage young people to claim our democracy in service of achieving equitable progress on the issues that matter most to them. The program will accelerate DoSomething’s ongoing commitment to mobilizing young voters – the organization registered over 360,000 young people in the 2018 and 2020 election cycles, with an average of 62% turnout at the polls; above the national average for youth turnout. ‘here the November midterm elections, DoSomething aims to register 30,000 voters. After the election, DoSomething will prioritize educating their members on how to exercise their civic power between election cycles and to maintain commitment to a mass mobilization effort for the 2024 presidential election.
“It is essential for the health of our democracy that we demystify democracy for young people and help them shape it to be more accessible, inclusive and representative,” said DeNora Getachew, CEO of DoSomething.org and longtime champion of democracy. “Young people are reclaiming their power by leading some of today’s most important social movements – from advocating for gun safety to advocating for climate justice. And yet many states across the country are making it harder for young people to vote through restrictive voting laws and gerrymandering.Our program is designed to help young people understand how to overcome these barriers and come together to create the change they want to see.
More 17 million young people will become eligible to vote between 2020 and 2022. However, according to a May 2022 In a DoSomething member pulse survey, 44% of young people who say they don’t intend to vote cite that they don’t have enough information. Therefore, the first phase of “The Future is Now” will provide young people with increased knowledge of electoral laws, the impact of elections on their communities, how to overcome barriers to voting and the opportunities participation in elections beyond voting.
DoSomething will inspire young people to reclaim our democracy in several ways:
- Register to vote in two minutes: DoSomething makes registering to vote more accessible than ever. Young people can visit vote.dosomething.org register to vote in less time than it takes to watch a TikTok video.
- Become an Elector Captain: By register to be a voter captainDoSomething will provide young people with all the materials they need to play a leading role in increasing youth voter registration by hosting in-person or virtual voter registration drives in their community – all what they need is a passion for democracy.
- Discover your civic superpower: Young people who want to get involved in democracy but don’t know where to start can take part in ‘Your Voice, Your Vote’, a quiz to help determine how they can use their skills and interests to get involved, even ‘They are not. t still eligible to vote.
- Sign up to participate in surveys: In partnership with Feed the pollsDoSomething is addressing projected poll worker shortages by providing opportunities for young people to work at polling stations in their community, which they can do even if they are not yet 18 years old.
- Make a voting plan: As Election Day approaches, young people can make a plan to vote on DoSomething.org, including accessing nonpartisan resources from Guides.Vote to help them assess candidates and spot election misinformation.
- Take the opportunity to vote by mail: On October 13, DoSomething will celebrate its own civic holiday, National Mail-In Ballot Day. Launched in 2018, it is an important step in ensuring that young people apply for and send in absentee ballots and understand the importance of absentee ballots in ensuring a smooth and complete electoral count for the millions of young people living far from at their home.
To amplify these efforts, DoSomething joins forces with partners such as Its campus, The talker and the It’s better Project make civic engagement festive and promote critical conversations about the impact of new restrictive youth voting laws – especially students, BIPOC communities and trans youth.
At the heart of “The Future is Now” is an effort to capture the voices and opinions of young people today. “This election season, I’m ready to do whatever I can to make our voices heard,” said DoSomething member Arlyn R. “Even though I’m not old enough to vote, I will do my part this election season to get everyone to cast their vote. Every year at my school, I like to hold meetings about elections and voting. This allowed me to listen to other people’s opinions and views on the election. It also helped raise awareness among voting-age students about registering to vote at my school!”
“The Future is Now” is one of the first programs launched under DoSomething’s new strategic direction, Fueling the Future, which firmly centers young people as the organization moves away from volunteerism and into programs that address the root cause of the issues most important to young people. Those interested in joining Arlyn and thousands of other DoSomething members across the country can take steps to: https://www.dosomething.org/us/causes/voter-registration
DoSomething encourages young people to change the world. As a national hub for youth-centered activism, we have activated more than 5 million young people representing every area code in the United States and more than 130 countries. DoSomething has registered over 360,000 new voters since 2018 and awarded over $1.8 million in scholarships for young people since 2010. When you join DoSomething.org, you join a thoughtful and inclusive collective of young people who collaborate to develop and implement the solutions to the most pressing problems facing society today .