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Why Voting Matters

Voting helps you shape your community and the country.

UVA Center for Politics
Why Voting Matters

Millennials and Gen Z were the largest eligible voting block in 2020, yet often are outvoted by older demographic groups. As explained by the Campus Vote Project, young adults are less likely to vote because they are less likely to have drivers’ licenses, move frequently, and aren’t contacted by political campaigns as aggressively.

Fortunately, through the work of civic engagement initiatives, Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X outvoted older generations for the first time during the 2018 midterms. However, there’s still more to be done to reverse the historical trend of young adult representation in elections.

Your voice matters. Without voting, you cannot directly express what policies and issues you are passionate about; voting helps you shape your community and, by extension, the country by choosing to elect candidates, which reflect your unique views. These resources are meant to ensure you the easiest access to exercising your right to vote, whether it’s a local election or the presidential general election in November!

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