Voting 101

By Young Voters, For Young Voters

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all”

– John F. Kennedy

~ Everyone Needs to Vote ~

Since 1972, the voting rate for 18-24 year-olds in presidential elections has been between 30%-45%, according to data from the Census Bureau. In comparison, older Americans have voted at an average rate of 67% in presidential elections. The low young voter turnout is proving to be a crisis because the opinions of young adults are vital to the decisions and paths our country takes. The older generation are usually the ones more active in political matters, but that means that the country is being shaped to their desires with insufficient respect to the needs and opinions of our youth. The problem is that the older citizens are not the future of this country. Young adults need to be more politically active so they can be satisfied with how their country is running in the future.

“There is no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters.”

– Barack Obama

How to Vote

When it is your first time voting, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make sure your ballot counts!

Why Vote?

Still unsure if you are going to hit the polling place? Take a look here to see the many reasons why everyone needs to cast their ballot.

California Ballot Measures

Ballot making you feel a little confused? Get information on all of the measures you will be voting on in a direct, easy to understand format.


If you would like to see how we led these activities in classes, you can click here in order to get more resources.

“Voting is not only our right, it is our power. When we vote, we take back our power to choose, to speak up,and to stand with those who support us and each other.”

– Loung Ung

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