Voting Rights & Voter Engagement

Vote Program

 

YP4 and its Fellows recognize that few things are more fundamental in our democracy than the right to vote, a right that is increasingly endangered as a result of manufactured “voter fraud” panic and the suppressive laws being passed as a result. Conservative efforts to make it harder to vote have increased steadily through onerous policies like discriminatory voter ID bills, early voting restrictions, unreasonably restrictive residency requirements, and voter intimidation tactics. Through organizing, advocacy, and more, YP4 Fellows work to counter these efforts by ensuring young people and other historically marginalized communities are registered to vote and able to cast a ballot.

An example of voter rights and education work is that of 2013 Fellow Zach Koop, who passed a campus resolution at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse that allowed all 10,000 students to get new student IDs compliant with new voter-ID law for free.

Many thanks to Ariel Boone ’09, Quiana McKenzie ’08, and People For the American Way Foundation staff for their help in the shaping of this issue area. Photo of the 2014 YP4 Vote Organizers cohort, representing 25 organizers from 14 states and 22 campuses – collectively, they mobilized over 30,000 voters.

BLUEPRINTS

Watch.Her.Lead.

Since Donya became involved in politics, she realized there was something missing. Despite there being a strong emphasize on encouraging
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Social Justice at USD

Sophia worked to increase the political engagement of University of San Diego students and create programs that fight against acts
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Progressive Vote Coalition

For her Blueprint project, Tamara spearheaded the behind-the-scenes effort to get more student organizations involved in student government (USG) elections.
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Kenyon Votes

Matt worked to increase voter engagement in his community by pushing for ways to make voter registration easier and more
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I M Power

In the 2012 election, less than six in ten Americans voted. A third of all Americans cannot name all three
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Hmong Engagement

Maitria’s Blueprint addressed the political underrepresentation of the Bay Area Hmong community and sought to increase the community’s political participation
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Ex-Offenders University

Jamira organized a series of Ex-Offenders University workshops, with the goal of engaging youth who were ex-offenders reentering society and
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Civil Rights Trip

Working with the Dean of students and a faculty member, Jill Nguyen is using her Blueprint to coordinate the annual
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