GenBallot: Voting Together

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Status
  • Age Level
    14 to 18 Years
    19 to 25 Years
    26 and Over

The Problem

Elections have consequences, and low voter turnout means that important issues are determined by a limited group of voters. New York makes voting too hard for both young and older voters, for a few reasons. In NYC, where people generally have to walk to polling locations, the elderly do not always have easy access to polling sites, and the criteria for qualifying to vote by absentee ballot are stringent. Moreover, New York requires eligible voters to register at least 10 days before election day, which disenfranchises eligible voters each year, particularly young people registering for the first time. I want to form an intergenerational coalition focused on shared values, where young people and older adults work together to eliminate barriers to voting, harnessing the energy of Gen Z with the wisdom and experience of democracy-focused older adults.

Our Plan

Through GenBallot, I am partnering with schools to target young people for voter registration drives and civic awareness and with local elderly community centers to organize town hall-style political programming, escort voters to the polls and assist with requesting absentee ballots. As we approach the 2024 presidential election, I am working to collaborate with community centers to learn about the greatest needs in the community and to offer those services for elderly citizens. Through these local partnerships, I hope to better serve our community and inspire others to join in the mission to increase voter participation and civic engagement.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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The Benefit

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