Amplifying Our Voice
Contributing to a national research project, where they collected 200 + surveys about the challenges of being a young voter.
Conducting registration drives at community events to increase voting accessibility and political engagement.
Testifying at the state capitol in favor of Automatic Voter Registration
Y(our) Vote Matters
As part of a national effort to study and promote young people’s political engagement, OYU Seattle supported Opportunity Youth United National Chapter and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) on a survey to better understand youth (age 18-34) and their experiences with, knowledge of, and perceptions of election and voting.
Highlights from our survey
Less than half of surveyed youth think voting is “a responsibility” for someone like them
Only 24% of young people see voting as part of who they are
Three-quarters of youth said they believe they need a photo ID to vote–most of them mistakenly, as just one of the six states in our survey has a strict photo ID requirement.
Only a third of young people know what steps to follow to vote
Five of the six states where we fielded the survey allow online voting registration but only 17% of surveyed youth in those states had registered to vote online.