Lt. Governor Newsom and CSU partner with Secretary Padilla on Student Voter Registration
(Long Beach) - Lt. Governor and CSU Trustee Gavin Newsom joined Secretary of State Alex Padilla to discuss a new partnership with the California State University system, and a plan to increase student voter registration and turnout at its campuses across the state. The presentation was delivered today to the California State University Board of Trustee's meeting at CSU Long Beach on September 20, 2016.
"Today's announcement secures system wide support for student voter registration efforts on every publicly funded college or university in our state," said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "To my knowledge, this is the first time the publicly funded higher education systems and a Secretary of State, have signed a commitment to support voter registration efforts at this scale. I look forward to working with each of the systems, advocacy organizations, and student organizations to register, engage and empower the more than 2.7 million students in our higher education system."
In 2014 only eight-percent of eligible youth aged 18-24 voted in the general election and only 52-percent of eligible youth were even registered to vote, which is more than 20 points below any other age group. The California Students Vote Project, a public-private effort led by the California Secretary of State's office, seeks to change this.
"I commend Secretary Padilla's drive to bring the democratic process to Californians, pro-actively expanding access for citizens to participate in governance," said Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. "Young voters stand to inherit today's decisions and we have agency to ensure those voices have every opportunity to be represented."
The California Students Vote Project is led by the California Secretary of State's office in partnership with the California Lieutenant Governor's office, and three nonprofit organizations; CalPIRG, California Common Cause, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus.
To visit the California Students Vote Project page, click here