New Voters is a student-run 501(c)(3) organization working to expand the youth vote by organizing voter registration drives in high schools across America and advocating voter education for young people. By assisting first-time voters in running successful drives at their schools, New Voters aims to build a broader culture of civic engagement and advocacy that starts in high school.
The New Voters Solution
Our goal is to ensure that youth issues (such as protecting the planet, school safety, and equal access to voting/democracy reforms) are prioritized in government through empowering high school student leaders.
We work towards this overarching goal in three main ways:
1) New Voters’ voter registration drive toolkits and training program teach student leaders how to run their first drive. Each New Voters toolkit contains information regarding registration deadlines, voter qualification requirements, and general voting tips, making it easy for anyone to run a drive, regardless of their voter registration experience. Connecting student leaders across New Voters’ national networks, these touchpoints provide a space for young people to share their ideas and experience to build a broader culture of civic engagement in their communities.
2) Through our network of high school student leaders, New Voters aims to make voter pre-registration and online voter registration legislation a reality. In addition to voter registration, New Voters wants to advance legislative reforms that protect and expand voting access, all while engaging young people in the civic advocacy process through civic engagement curriculum, outreach, and organizing. Within our focus states, we aim to work towards equal voting access policies and legislation that will expand youth voting rights. With a concentration on disenfranchised voters, we are working towards policies and education that will further voting rights.
3) By developing partnerships with other organizations that promote youth civic engagement, New Voters seeks to connect our high school and college students with resources and further their knowledge. From our various partnerships, high school leaders and interns can receive the opportunity to do advocacy work outside of New Voters and beyond. Through the skills learned at New Voters, high school leaders can extend into other work involving youth civic engagement and advocacy in the future.
Since its inception in 2017, New Voters has established chapters at 300 high schools across the nation and in 2020, we civically engaged 50,000 high school students throughout the U.S. By 2022 we hope to establish 200 more high school chapters to organize a total of 500 recurring drives across the nation. During the 2020 Georgia runoff elections, we worked with the New Georgia Project to increase youth voter registration. We were recently recognized in the United Nations Youth Solutions Report for our work civically engaging the youth of America in 2020. Our growing reach will allow us to continue this work— registering and informing as many youth voters as possible — for years to come.