Folks, this is a big election year, and it’s important that everyone is voting. Last year, 24% of eligible Americans weren’t registered to vote. That’s a problem.
While an Automatic Voter Registration bill, which would automatically register anyone with a driver’s license, is gaining momentum, only 28 states plus the District of Columbia have considered measures in 2016 that would allow automatic registration of citizens who interact with government agencies. This means there’s still a lot of work to be done.
We need to push those who are able to register to vote, and once registered, to actually vote. This is particularly important among folks who are young and who are minorities.
There are more than 80 million millennials in the U.S., and they’re becoming the largest and most diverse generation in the history of our country. Seriously—according to an Atlantic article, the under-30 generation’s the most diverse adult demographic in American history. But we need to do better when it comes to equity and access to voting, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. The Declaration of Independence says that we're equal under law, but there are states where Americans' voting rights are at risk.
Just take a look at this infographic my team put together in March after surveying 1,006 Americans over the age of 18. We found that 6x more Hispanic than White voters and 4x more African American than White voters report waiting in line 30+ minutes to vote.The consensus was that when it comes to ensuring equality at the polls, we should be doing better.
Regardless of your political opinion, it’s important that everyone who’s eligible is registering to vote. And with today’s tech, it’s easier than ever to register from your laptop or smartphone. To register to vote, head over to https://turbovote.org/. For even more information, check out these voting rights orgs that I support:
- Rock the Vote
- Voto Latino
- Election Protection
- Advancement Project
- League of Women Voters
- Brennan Center for Justice
Hope to see you at the polls….