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As students, if we want to shape America's social and economic agenda, we must vote. Students decided the 2020 Presidential Election and determined the balance of the Senate. The data that we've compiled below is clear: your vote matters. Together we can amplify student voices towards achieving the needed progress on issues that matter to us. 

The millions of students who did not vote in 2020 are a key opportunity for the 2022 election and beyond.

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We cannot afford to lose ground on the progress we achieved in turning out the student vote in 2020. As we approach the 2022 midterms, we must do all that we can to build on the momentum and mobilize more students to vote. There is so much at stake from climate action to gun safety to protecting a woman's right to choose to racial, social, and economic justice.

learn more about your state's voting requirements and key deadlines

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         WHY OUR

it made the difference in 2020 and must again in 2022.

Youth Vote Maters
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  • Students who did not vote in 2020 are a vital opportunity for mobilization in future elections.

  • As shown in the table below, the slim margins in AZ, GA, NV, PA, & WI make  student voter turnout critical for Presidential and Senate races.

  • In addition to AZ, GA, NV, PA, & WI, the states of FL and NC present opportunities for Senate victories in 2022.

  • Of the gubernatorial elections held in 36 states and 3 territories in 2022, we’re watching AZ, GA, FL, MA, MD, MI, NV, PA, TX, VT, MD closely.

  • The six states below paint a picture of the possibilities for 2024.

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*Source data is from respective state SoS or Board of Elections and student vote turnout from Tufts University-Election Center; **Wisconsin, among others, had voter ID law changes making voting more difficult for students. Voter turnout in University of Wisconsin areas in 2020 plunged by 30% from 2016. There is a Senate race in 2022 in Wisconsin. 

Tables created by Tactical Strategies LLC.

The outcome of the 2020 presidential election hung on the balance of the youth vote. Margins of victory were narrow in the deciding states of Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Without youth turnout, we would not have a Senate majority.

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This reflects how vital our vote will be in 2022.

Impact of the Student Vote in 2020 and Implications for 2022

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