New analysis from political data from the polling firm TargetSmart found that while Texas’ new voter registrants are evenly split between men and women, many more young Texans are registering than usual. That’s why it’s important to encourage young people to vote for the upcoming November election.
Here are some ways your organization or community group can get more young people fired up for the upcoming election:
Encourage Young People To Lead Outreach Efforts. Since more young people are registered to vote this election season, it’s vital that they be on the front lines of voter outreach. Social media has changed the face of elections, and young people can lead voter outreach through social media channels. Young people can create GOTV campaigns on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Tiktok, and they can educate their peers about voting. Students on college campuses can also be encouraged to host voter registration drives on their campus.
Recruit More Young People To Be Poll Workers. In many states, the average poll worker is over 65 years of age. Young people can be encouraged to be poll workers to further aid the election process. Recruiting young people to be poll workers has a great benefit. These younger poll workers tend to be more technologically savvy, and often serve as a great resource for older poll workers. Texas even allows those who are 16 and 17 years old to serve as student election clerks.
Encouraging Young People To Monitor Polling Locations. Young people can be instrumental in making sure our elections run smoothly and fairly by volunteering to monitor a polling location during Early Voting or on Election Day. Sign up to volunteer here.