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About Us

Welcome to Youth Votes! We aim to provide youth voters with important information on how to vote, why it is important to vote, candidate info, election myths, different levels of voting, and much much more. We hope to inspire the diverse and innovative youth generation to share their voice because it matters!

Why Should I Vote?

  • Your voice matters!
  • Every single vote counts and matters. This has been proven by history (see our election myths section for details).

  • Young voters account for half of the voting population!
  • This makes you a powerful political voice. You have the power to sway the election one way or the other.

  • Young voters are the most diverse group to date
  • You have the chance to share your personal and cultural views.

  • It's easier than it's ever been to vote!
  • With everything digitalized and at your fingertips, there are so many resources to educate yourself and find voting information - including this website!

  • Voting affects the next four years of your life!
  • You may not care now, but some policies could affect you four years from now.

    How Can I Vote?

  • STEP 1: Register to vote
  • You can do this online, in-person, or via a paper form. Registering to vote is different in every state since this process is not federally managed.

  • STEP 2: Research candidates and political parties
  • Every single vote counts and matters. This has been proven by history (see our election myths section for details).

  • STEP 3: Check state regulations on when you can cast your vote
  • Sometimes there are early voting options, which you can participate in. Most polling places are open for 12 hours on election day. It is also smart to confirm with your state that your voter registration application has been received.

  • STEP 4: Find the nearest polling place and VOTE!
  • You can use our “Voting Locations” tool on this website to locate your nearest polling station. Make sure to bring identification. If you cannot vote in person, there are also mail-in ballot options available which your state can send you by mail. You can return it by either mailing it back or placing it in a ballot drop box. Fill in those ovals and make a difference!

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    Voting Misconceptions

    1. Myth: “Millions of Americans are voting twice”
    2. An analysis of the 2012 presidential election found that out of the 129,000,000 votes cast, 0.02 percent were double votes, which were most likely the result of a measurement error.

    3. Myth: “Undocumented Immigrants are voting”
    4. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, of 23.5 million votes cast in districts with high populations of non-citizens, only 30 (THIRTY) possible incidents of improper non-citizen voting were referred for further investigation.

    5. Myth: “Voter impersonation is rampant at the polls”
    6. A 12-year study of election data found only 10 (TEN) cases of voter impersonation out of 146 million registered voters.

    7. Myth: “There have been thousands of instances of voter fraud”
    8. Per the Brennan Center: “A comprehensive 2014 study published in The Washington Post found 31 credible instances of impersonation fraud from 2000 to 2014, out of more than 1 billion ballots cast. Even this tiny number is likely inflated, as the study’s author counted not just prosecutions or convictions, but any and all credible claims.”

    9. Myth: “Voting by mail leads to increased voter fraud”
    10. According to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative publication, Oregon - the state that has conducted universal mail-in voting for the longest - has reported only 14 cases of voter fraud related to mail-in voting over the span of 19 years and 15 million votes.

    11. Myth: “My vote doesn’t even matter!”
    12. Believe it or not, a single vote CAN and does make a difference. History proves it. 2018: The Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive in July was decided by just 17 votes. 2016: A New Mexico state House seat was decided by two votes out of almost 14,000 2016: The margin on Election Day for a GOP primary for the U.S House for the 5th Congressional seat from Arizona was just 27 votes. And the list goes on.