New Voters Project

Use Your Vote. Raise Our Voice.

The New Voters Project is a nonpartisan effort to help register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day. We believe the best way to raise the voices of young people is to register and vote.

We are a 501(c)(3) organization. We do not endorse any candidate or party and we do not take a stand on any legislation. Our job is to get young people to the polls. It is up to candidates to convince them who to vote for.

2012 Goals

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.

2004: Young voter turnout surged 9%, an increase three times that of the general population.
2006:
 The youth vote increased again, growing by 2 million votes.
2008: 
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.

A major reason for this increased turnout is that politicians are paying more attention to young people. If politicians ramp up their efforts to engage young people directly on issues important to us and talk to us as much as they do to older voters, then young people will continue to turn out in bigger numbers, ensuring a stronger democracy in the United States.

To continue this momentum in 2012, 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 eighty college campuses in nineteen states to boost youth voter turnout in the 2012 elections.

Issue updates

News Release | NCPIRG | New Voters Project

Over 13,000 people turn out for early voting at NC State polling site

The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project has launched early voting campaigns in several states in an effort to help young people turn out to vote this Election Season. Since local partner, NCPIRG launched their get-out-the-vote efforts on campuses across the state, large initial turnout has been reported at the on-campus early voting sites.

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Media Hit | New Voters Project

Oberlin students using early vote window

Students are being encouraged to serve as “text out the vote” captains and send on-the-spot messages urging friends to vote, according to Sean Para, campaign co-coordinator for Ohio PIRG’s nonpartisan New Voters Project and a freshman at Oberlin College.

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Blog Post | New Voters Project

100,000!

I'm excited to report that the Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project has helped more than 100,000 students register to vote.

Almost 2,000 volunteers hit the field to run voter mobilization campaigns that reached students in their classes, dorms, libraries and high-traffic areas on almost 100 campuses in 17 states including California, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, New Mexico and Texas.
 
With just a week left until Election Day, we’re incredibly proud of what we've accomplished so far: 

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News Release | NCPIRG | Democracy, New Voters Project

Local students kick off early voting on campus with mustache events

Raleigh, NC - With voter registration deadlines passed, today students across the state kicked off early voting with events to mobilize young voters to the polls before Election Day.

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Media Hit | New Voters Project

Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law could stump students

For the upcoming election, a new Pennsylvania law passed in early August requires that all voters, including students, must present some form of government-issued photo identification at the polls.

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