You(th) Vote
What Can Inspire Young People to Vote?

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Your Voice Matters

What can inspire young people to be more involved in the democratic process?  

What would get young people to vote? These teens have some ideas

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Explore

If you’re too young to vote, how else can you get involved?

Participating in Government [ushistory.org] 

You can write letters to your political representatives, you can start a petition, attend school board meetings – there are so many ways young people can affect change. 

You can find the addresses of your elected representatives easily: 

For your California representatives;

Send a respectful, well-worded email to your representative about an issue of importance to you.  

Or you can take more concrete action – here are some ideas:

DoSomething.org: Let’s Do This!

You can invite speakers to your school or youth organization, as these young people did: Students: YAF – Conservative Student Activists

Or you can be involved here: https://youthactivismproject.org

And: 

You can pre-register to vote when you’re 16 years old

Pre-register at 16. vote at 18.

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Explain

Why do you think young people don’t get more involved?

Youth Voter Turnout: Why Is It So Low?

Do you agree with the ideas presented in this video?  Why or why not? 

What can you do to address a problem that faces you or your community?  Write a brief paragraph describing a problem that needs to be addressed and list three actions you can take to help solve the problem.

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Elaborate

How do you know who to vote for?

Take this issue-based quiz to find out which candidate best supports your positions.

America’s most popular voting guide for elections, political issues, candidates, and poll data

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What have other young people done to make a change?

Here are young students who have made a difference:

Here’s an article about students who sued their state in order to have access to civics education: 

Rhode Island lawsuit: Students sue for the right to learn civics

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