“The future belongs to us”: NextGen America launched a $32 million plan to train young voters in 2022

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The organization stated that NextGen will organize in Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada. Its goal is to “register, inform and mobilize” hundreds of thousands of young people. voter.

The organization hopes to register more than 288,000 voters nationwide, including 150,000 voters in Texas, and provide mid-term voting information to more than 9 million young people aged 18 to 35.

This month, NextGen has begun contacting potential voters through voter registration emails. Between September and October, the organization’s goal is to reach nearly 99,000 young voters across the country through email, and will contact 1.4 million voters through text messages and phone calls.

“I think we have won a lot with the power of young voters and turnout. But in the end what we care about at NextGen is to achieve real change,” NextGen executive director Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez told CNN, adding that NextGen hopes to provide one for anyone.” The message of legislators trying to stick to the past.

“If they want to do this, they can stick to the past, but the future belongs to us,” she said.

NextGen’s investment is as follows High participation of young citizens In recent years, leading to Historic youth voter turnout One of the countries with the highest youth voter turnout in the 2018 midterm elections and 2020 general elections. In 2020, Half of 18-29 year olds votedAccording to a study conducted by the Center for Citizen Learning and Participation Information and Research (CIRCLE) of Tufts University, the proportion of 18-29 year-olds who voted in 2016 was 39%, 11 percentage points higher.

The organization said that before the 2020 election, NextGen, founded by businessman Tom Steyer in 2013, reached over 10.5 million people.

To kick-start its 2022 plan, NextGen will host a face-to-face event in Texas this week, which is the first time the organization has organized an event there. The organization will host events in McAllen and Houston.

Tzintzún Ramirez from Texas said: “We are investing early and expanding our investment in young people and young people of color on the largest battlefield in the country.”

In Texas, since the 2016 election, young people of color have accounted for the majority of all people over the age of 18. According to census data.

Tzintzún Ramirez said the group is expanding into Lone Star State, partly because of its youth and diversity. However, she emphasized that although “demographics are a factor of change,” they are not themselves discrepancies, and coordinated organizational efforts are necessary for progress.

She said: “As one of the youngest states in the United States, young people in Texas have the ability to decide a brand new direction, not only for our hometown, but for the country,” she added, adding that she believes that the Republican Party will make The controversial policy determines that most people in the Texas legislature are not compliant with the ballot box, abortion, and immigration issues. The wishes of young people in the state.

“If the Texas Legislature really enacts the wishes of young Texas people, we will not prohibit abortion, we will not try to build a useless border wall, and we will not pass the voter suppression bill,” Tzintzún Ramirez said.

Currently, NextGen has a volunteer base of 25,000 people nationwide.

In order to implement its new plan, the group will send field organizations in Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and will conduct distributed digital organization work in New Hampshire, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada. .

In addition to mailing, calling and texting potential voters, the organization also stated that its goal is to reach young people through social media and its influencer program.

When asked why he is committed to investing in young people, Steyer told CNN that he believes that youth voting is essential for getting progressives elected.

“People are more and more aware of the threats facing democracy. We are basically an organization dedicated to the broadest and most reflective democracy, especially to ensure that those under 35 who voted the least appear, express their voices and are counted. Inside. They will change the country,” he said.

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