[Washington, DC] According to exit polls issued by national media outlets, the youth share of the electorate increased to 19 percent in 2012 over 18 percent in 2008.
With the deadline for voter registration in the upcoming elections just 6 days away, students at campuses across the state launched an unprecedented online and on-the-ground campaign to mobilize young voters to the polls. The effort leverages the strengths of traditional on-the-ground voter mobilization in coordination with newer online tactics, and the result is greater than either method on its own.
We're still tracking our final numbers, but it looks like we helped close to 5,000 students register to vote accross the state.
I am so excited that so many members of the UConn community were engaged with our voter registration campaign. The UConn Votes Coalition registered more than 3,500 voters, which matches our effort in 2008 – a year of record turnout. I’m proud of what we have accomplished.
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