In 2016, 60.2% of eligible voters turned out to vote, only a 1.6% increase from the 2012 presidential election. 

In 2014, 36.7% of eligible voters turned out to vote, a 5.1% decrease from the 2010 midterm elections.

Voter apathy is a serious, but fixable, problem.

We want to increase the number of people who vote. There are three avenues we plan to take to achieve this goal:

I: Voter Registration Drives: First Step to Real Participation

  • Collaborate with Statewide Student Organizations to register college students
  • Voter registration pledges
  • Assist voters in finding their polling locations
  • Motivate voters to turn out for all elections through events & media campaigns
  • Register incarcerated voters in Maine & Vermont

II: Voter Education: What am I voting on?

  • Partnership with schools to ensure youth education on voting rights education and highlighting current political issues without a political bias.
  • Provide resources to voters, online and at in-person events

III: Voter Turnout: Fighting Voter Apathy

  • Partner with elected officials to do town halls/info session to engage potential voters
  • Voting pledges
  • Provide on-the-day support to voters who feel they are being intimidated at the polls
  • Policy advocacy
    • Voter ID Laws
    • Lobbying on issues that impact voter turnout
    • Lobby days w/student associations
    • Help student associations get legislators to sponsor bills related to voting rights
    • Voter fraud
    • Increase access to non-English Ballots

While we will be working year-round to get the vote out for all elections, the midterms and presidential elections will be the nationwide focus. In off-cycle years, we will focus on methods of voter advocacy as well as reviewing out voter outreach to ensure the methods we’re using are finding as much success as possible.