Though young adults (ages 18-29) made up about 21% of the eligible voting population in the 2014 elections, voter turnout among this demographic reached record lows (only 17% of eligible young adults actually voted). Students have the option and right to vote in either their school community or their home community. Because students are likely first-time or new voters and may be voting in a different community or state than their home, it is important to know how and when to register in your preferred state.
Registering to Vote in California
Whether you have yet to register or are already registered in California or another state, TurboVote is a great resource for you! TurboVote makes sure you always know when elections are happening and have the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up to receive election reminders, get registered to vote, and/or apply for your absentee ballot! California's voter registration deadline is October 24.
Registering to Vote Outside of California
Did you know only 30 states allow for online voter registration? Regardless of whether the state in which you'd like to register allows for online voter registration, TurboVote will make sure you get everything you need. If your state allows for online registration, it will be processed confidentially through TurboVote; if your state doesn't allow for online registration, creating an account in TurboVote will make sure you all of the necessary forms are delivered to you in the mail. To confirm the voter registration deadline for your preferred state, visit the U.S. Vote Foundation.
Learning About the Issues
Visit the websites below to stay informed about the issues and learn more about which candidates might represent you best.
- Project Vote Smart is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that provides factual, unbiased information on candidates, officials, issues, and legislation.
- RealClearPolitics provides non-partisan information about all things relating to politics.
- Pew's Political Typology Quiz helps you understand your own politics compared with a national survey of over 10,000 U.S. adults