Register to Vote and Be a Gun Sense Voter
Young people (ages eighteen to twenty-nine) make up roughly 21 percent of the population eligible to vote in the US.
In 2016, there were 46 million young people eligible to vote compared to 39 million senior citizens. In fact, in the 2016 presidential election, millennials and Gen Xers cast more votes than the baby boomers and other older generations for the first time in decades: 69.6 million versus 67.9 million. This trend—young people outnumbering and outvoting old people—will continue as the older generation ages and dies and more millennials and Gen Zs reach voting age.
You have the power of your numbers, and if you use them, there is nothing you can’t achieve. But you have to vote!
Register to vote by clicking here and following the directions.
In some states you can pre-register to vote at age 16 or 17, and then you are automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday. To check the rules in your state, click here.
If you are at college out of state and wondering how you can vote, click here.
Once you’ve registered to vote, support gun sense candidates in your area and nationally. Find out who they are here.
Support gun sense ballot measures and legislation in your area. Check with Students Demand Action in your area to get informed.
Even if you aren’t old enough to vote yet, you can help get new voters registered and educate them about gun sense candidates and legislation. Student activist Julia Spoor spent fall of 2018 getting young people registered to vote, even though she was only sixteen at the time and couldn’t yet vote herself (see her profile in chapter 2).