New Voters Project

Our Future. Our Voice. Our Vote.

What’s in store for our future? Will we be able to get jobs, and pay off our bills and our student loans? Will the big issues of our day, like protecting our environment, student debt, or big money in politics get dealt with, or will they keep getting kicked down the road, only to get bigger and harder to solve?

One thing is for sure, we know a better future isn’t going to happen if we just sit around waiting for it. We can't expect our elected leaders to pay attention to the issues we care about, or for things to start moving in the right direction if we don't make ourselves heard. That's why we need to vote. So on Election Day we need to show up, and show up big. It’s pretty basic: If we’re going to be heard, we all need to work together, raise our voices together and vote together.

And when we turn out, we’ll know that we’re doing what we can to start pushing for the future we want. It won't come easily, and it won't come over night, but it won't happen at all if we sit on the sidelines.

It's our future. It's our voice. It's our vote.


The full participation of young people in the political process is essential to a truly representative, vibrant democracy. Since the launch of the National Student Campaign for Voter Registration more than 25 years ago, the Student PIRGs have worked to mobilize young voters – spearheading massive registration and ‘get out the vote’ drives to turn millions of young people out to the polls.

In large part due to this work and that of the larger youth vote movement, the youth vote is on the rise. But we can't stop here!

2004: Young voter turnout surged 9%, an increase three times that of the general population.
 The youth vote increased again, growing by 2 million votes.
The number of voters under 30 who showed up at the polls increased by approximately 11%, while the number of older voters who cast a ballot increased by only 3 percent.
2012: Voters from ages 18-29 represented 19% of all those who voted. That’s an increase of one percentage point from 2008. 

To continue this momentum in 2014, thousands of student volunteers with the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project will reach out to their peers on college campuses across the country to register them to vote and turn them out on Election Day. Nationally, we plan to run a non-partisan youth voter mobilization campaign on 100 college campuses in twelve states to boost youth voter turnout in the 2014 elections.

Issue updates

Media Hit | New Voters Project

N.C. student leaders help increase voter turnout

“Despite the dire predictions of low youth turnout today, young people once again showed that when voter mobilization efforts pay attention to them, they show up on Election Day,” said Renford Lynch, North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) New Voters Project Campaign Coordinator and a sophomore at NC State.

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Blog Post | New Voters Project

Youth Vote Posts Strong Showing in 2012 Elections

[Washington, DC] New expert estimates indicate that turnout of young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 will likely exceed 50 percent in yesterday’s national election.  This strong showing places 2012 on par with record 2008 turnout rates and bucks predictions of a precipitous drop-off in young voter participation.  

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News Release | TexPIRG | New Voters Project

Youth Vote Increases at Local Student Precinct in Texas

Richardson, TX-  According to preliminary results provided by local elections officials, turnout at a local student precinct at UT-Dallas increased by 46% percent between the 2008 and 2012.

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News Release | Florida PIRG | New Voters Project

Youth Vote Increases at Local Student Precinct in Florida

Tallahassee, FL - According to preliminary results provided by local elections officials, several Florida State University campus precincts showed significant increases in turnout over the previous national election. Precinct 1507, for instance, showed a 28.6 percent increase, precinct 2503 showed a 8.2 percent increase and Precinct 2506 showed a 7.8 percent increase over 2008. 

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