NC Group Joins Effort to Mobilize Young Voters
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
The League of Women Voters in North Carolina said its members are working diligently to reach out to young people, especially today.
The goal is to drive home the significance of their participation on National Voter Registration Day. Through educational initiatives and community events around the state, the League not only to wants to increase the number of young voters who register, but also to update voters on new state laws affecting people at the ballot box.
Jennifer Rubin, president of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, said it can be intimidating for young voters to try to keep up with these changes.
"We are implementing 'Voter ID' for the first time this fall," Rubin pointed out. "And there are other changes in absentee ballot procedures and same-day voting that will impact voters."
Rubin noted many people think when they move, their voter registration is automatically updated, but it not the case. In North Carolina, the civilian voter registration deadline is 25 days before Election Day.
Data from the 2022 election reveals the lowest voter turnout in North Carolina is among Millennials and members of Gen Z. Rubin attributes it to disinformation about politics, which can discourage young people from getting involved.
Despite the challenges, she emphasized the importance of every vote and its potential effect, even in areas affected by gerrymandering.
"Every vote counts, and that we can overcome gerrymandering by getting people registered and getting them to the polls," Rubin stressed. "That's really the only tool we have at our disposal right now to make those changes."
Millennials and Gen Z will make up the majority of potential voters by 2028, and they will represent more than 60% of potential U.S. voters by 2036, according to the Brookings Institution.
Voter registration information is online at vote411.org or on the official website of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
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