Two weeks into a back-to-school voter registration campaign that initially aimed to register 9,000 new and returning college students, NextGen America has surpassed that goal with 10,560 voter registrations from young people in battleground states.
Here’s an update on our voter registration work on campuses over the past two weeks:
- With two months to go until legislative elections that will be decided by thin margins, NextGen Virginia led all states by registering 1,163 young Virginians to vote last week. #YouthVote energy was particularly high at the University of Mary Washington in HD-28, where 29-year-old progressive Joshua Cole is taking on right-wing extremist Paul Milde, and in SD-10 at Virginia Commonwealth University, where, community college administrator and immigrant Ghazala Hashmi would be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Virginia State Senate if elected.
- NextGen Florida registered 718 young people to vote as Hurricane Dorian approached the state’s shore, providing added motivation to replace the many climate deniers holding elected office in the Sunshine State and to boot out Donald Trump, the biggest climate denier of them all, in November 2020.
- In just two weeks, NextGen Pennsylvania has registered 2,225 young voters who will be at the forefront of the 2020 race in this essential swing state with 20 electoral votes. A whopping 42.5% of the over half-a-million new voters registered in Pennsylvania since Election Day 2016 are age 24 or younger.
- 434 young people registered to vote with NextGen in Nevada, and 1,033 signed petitions to extend the length of time provided for on-campus early voting in Clark County. With Nevada’s early caucus in February, these newly registered Silver State young voters have the power to shape the direction of the Democratic primary for president.
- In Iowa, NextGen registered 386 young people to vote in the past week, making for a two-week total of 1,309 young Iowans registered. The enthusiasm to vote out Joni Ernst is high, and she can take her hoards of NRA donations with her.
College students are just starting the school year, but already they are registering to vote at eye-popping numbers. Over the coming campus move-in days, we will continue to engage more voters, and we will be active all year as students get settled in and election season heats up.
We will be back with a report on the final numbers from our back-to-school efforts soon!
— The NextGen Team