I have never been involved in a voter registration drive, but 2018 is going to be the year to change that. We need to flip congress and the way to do that is to increase turnout at the voting booth.
We all know that in the 2016 presidential race Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic primary and Hillary Clinton lost the general election. One of the biggest weakness in both of those races was the low turnout among millennial voters that tend to vote both progressive and Democrat. Less than 50% of eligible voters age 18–35 showed up at the polls. My own Generation X didn’t do much better at about 60%. The over 50 crowd as usual had the highest turnout with over 70% and guess who they voted for in greatest numbers. You guessed it, everyone’s favorite Russian agent and tweeter in chief.
So, what does this mean? If we want to take back the House of Representatives in 2018, we need to register thousands of new young voters all across this country. We need to hold voter registration drives in every state, in every city, in front of every grocery store and on every college campus. My New Year’s resolution for 2018 is to hold a registration drive somewhere with a lot of young people before the summer. I will register at least 10 new voters and engage with as many people as I can. I challenge you to make the same New Year’s resolution pledge and challenge your friends and family to do the same.
The Brennan Center for Justice has great links for the resources and rules to conduct a voter registration drive in all 50 states. If conducting a drive isn’t for you, I hope you find a civic New Year’s resolution that works for you. Maybe find 10 candidates to donate to and phone bank for. Marches are fine, posting on Facebook, Reddit and Twitter is ok, but if we really want to make electoral change happen we need to do more than slacktavism and get out and Rock the Vote. I hope you join me in helping take back our country.
My 2018 New Year’s Resolution: Take Back Congress by Enrolling 10 New Voters. was originally published in People For The Revolution on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.