The California Secretary of State announced a partnership Thursday with the University of California that aims to increase young voter turnout by making it easier for students to register and vote.
The new initiative will give students the opportunity to register to vote during their online class registration process and will send out blast email reminders that make important dates and voting information easily accessible.
Students will be notified when registration deadlines are approaching – and when it's time to vote, they'll be told exactly when, where and how to cast a ballot.
"The goal here is to do everything we can to make being registered and voting easier," said California Secretary of State Alex Padilla at the UC Board of Regents meeting at UCLA. "Once upon a time, you had to go to the library, go to the post office, find that form, fill it out, send it in the mail, and hope that it got there on time and be a registered voter. Now we can do it online."
Padilla referred to the low youth voter turnout during the 2014 elections. In the November 2014 election in California, only 18.1 percent of voters between the age of 18 and 25 had voted.
"I want young people's voices to be heard, but to do that, I need more young people to be registered and to vote," Padilla said.
Students on UCLA's campus said integrating voter registration into the process of signing up for classes will encourage people to vote that otherwise may not have.
"A lot of my friends don't vote because it's a long hassled process for them," said Jack Anderson, a UCLA freshman. "This guides them into it a little bit – it kind of gives them the push kids need."
"(The partnership is) definitely going to help because it's a reminder that, 'Oh – that's right, that's another responsibility I have as a student,'" said Vivian Rubio, a graduate student at UCLA. "When you register to be a student at UCLA, now you belong to a community and you should definitely have your opinion matter."
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