Last week, 25 young people joined our virtual Youth Lobby Day to advocate for voting rights bills that would continue to break down systemic barriers to participation in our elections and increase access to the ballot for young voters.
After an hour-long hands-on training that discussed legislature 101, how to lobby and an overview of our priorities, attendees participated in two lobby meetings with lawmakers. We’re grateful to the 12 lawmakers who joined us that night to listen and learn from the perspectives that young people have on the importance 16-year-olds voting in school board elections, restoring voting rights to those that are currently incarcerated in prison, and 17-year-olds voting in the primary if 18 by the general election.
You can read more about these bills in our 2021 legislative preview.
Thank you to the young people who showed up to make your voices heard!
Also: check out the following news hits and publications to learn more about the work to restore voting rights!
- Who’s Being Left Out: a comic published by Oregon Humanities about voting rights, featuring our legendary previous Executive Director Samantha Gladu
- Star musician John Legend advocating for our voting rights bill
- The Daily Beans Podcast: Interview with Policy and Communications Manager Isabela Villarreal on voting rights restoration