It’s official. Youth voters are the story of this election. In a year when young voters were written off, young voters are gaining market share – we’re still crunching numbers, but it’s a big switch, for sure. That’s huge news. In a historically low-turnout election, young voters continue to grow as a political power, just as they should be.
Of course, the flip side to this coin is that this didn’t just happen on its own. No. Hours and hours of hard work went into increasing the youth vote. Take, for example, the programs conceived of and run by the Bus’s stellar PowerCorps squad.
The VoteBot Army engaged and contacted over 2,500 young voters, in large part in Seattle and King County. Our Perfect Postcard campaign provided three flights of encouragement 16,000 young voters statewide, a third of whom live and vote in King County. Candidate Survivor brought together 700 young people in one raucous room – the largest candidate forum in the history of Seattle. And just last Saturday, young volunteers knocked on over 3,200 doors in most youth-dense precincts in Seattle.
Any one of these programs would have increased the impact of young voters on this election. Together, their impact is resounding. As we look to the general election, the message is writ large: respect the young voter. We’re here, and we’re here to stay.