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Five Reasons You and Your Friends Should Vote

By Larissa Gil Sanhueza, Sergio Mata-Cisneros , May 11, 2020

Do you remember the 2016 election? With two candidates that had seemingly nothing in common and almost opposite policies, there was a lot at stake.

Celina Tijerina, 2018 Arkansas Advocacy Corps Organizer, with "I Voted sticker"

Celina Tijerina, 2018 Arkansas Advocacy Corps Organizer.

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During this defining political moment, however, young people turned out in very low numbers. Less than 50 percent of eligible voters between the ages of 18 and 29 actually cast a ballot.

While young adult turnout increased in the 2018 midterm election, we can’t afford to get comfortable. Our voices matter. We must continue to turn out to vote.

That’s why the FCNL Young Adult program is partnering with HeadCount, an organization that works with musicians to register people at concerts, to start a voter registration campaign. But we can’t do this alone. We need your help to try and get as many voices heard as possible.

We’ll be honest with you all. We’re exhausted. In times like these, it is difficult to think about anything but the struggles we are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Everything seems to be on pause. But one thing we’ve realized is that we can organize digitally in order to continue making a difference in our local communities and around the country. It is amazing what you can do from behind a laptop—including getting hundreds of young adults registered to vote.

Here are five reasons you should vote and get your friends to vote:

  1. Leadership is important. This pandemic has taught us a lot, including the importance of leadership we can trust. With some experts predicting pandemic-related disruptions and complications through the winter and beyond, we must remember that the incoming president and members of Congress will be responsible for continuing the response to this crisis.

  2. Representation goes a long way. The 2018 midterm election brought in the most diverse class of legislators we have ever seen. To see ourselves reflected in our leaders brings hope and inspiration. In addition, electing leaders that accurately represent the diversity of our communities helps ensure that those communities are heard in the policy-making process.

  3. Apathy towards voting slows down our democracy. If you’re reading this, you might not have to be convinced that voting is important—you just needed the right resource to get registered. There are many young adults, however, that are apathetic towards voting. If someone doesn’t care to vote, they might not care to inform themselves about the candidates and the issues. Talk to your friends about voting!

  4. You might be registered already, but you should check your registration. Young adults move around a lot! Especially now that many of us relocated due to the pandemic, you should check to make sure that your address is up to date.

  5. Let’s be real. It’s fun to take a picture with that “I voted” sticker.

    Young Adult Programs 

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    At FCNL, we are committed to growing our lobbying power, both here on Capitol Hill and across the country. One of the most effective ways to do that is by building power among the present and future leaders of movements for peace and justice: young adults.

Larissa Gil Sanhueza

  • Young Adult Advocacy Coordinator

As the Young Adult Advocacy Coordinator, Larissa Gil Sanhueza focuses on developing and training young adult advocates around the country. Specifically, she manages the Advocacy Corps program, a group of 20 young adult organizers who mobilize their communities around one legislative issue every year. Larissa also oversees recruitment for Spring Lobby Weekend, a four day lobbying and educational event that brings together 500 young people from around the country.

Sergio Mata-Cisneros

  • Program Assistant, Young Adult Outreach

Sergio Mata-Cisneros was the Program Assistant for Young Adult Outreach for 2019-2020. He worked alongside FCNL's Advocacy Corps Coordinator, Larissa Gil Sanhueza, to build FCNL’s young adult network and advocacy throughout the country.