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At the end of the most successful voter registration drive in our history, we’ve helped nearly 1 million Americans register to vote this campaign season. More than 913,000 people nationwide have returned their VPC-generated voter registration applications to election officials this campaign season, including about 166,000 African-Americans, 121,000 Latinos, 416,000 unmarried women, and 325,000 millennials. Based on past election results, these are committed voters who turn out for presidential elections.
Here’s our president and founder Page Gardner on this historic achievement:
This is the most consequential election of our lifetimes, and I’m proud to report that VPC has helped nearly 1 million Americans participate in our democracy. In partnership with our national allies, we have made it easier for 1 million African-Americans, Latinos, unmarried women, and millennials to register and to vote. It is critically important that our democracy is reflective of the diverse people who live in our nation, and VPC’s goal is to make registration and voting fair, simple and easy for all Americans.
During the 2016 election cycle, we helped register voters from coast to coast. In Florida, an astounding 143,000 people returned their VPC-generated voter registration applications to election officials. We helped hundreds of thousands of voters register in other key states including Arizona (33,000); California (180,000); Colorado (29,000); Georgia (78,000); Illinois (55,000); North Carolina (78,000); Ohio (83,000); Pennsylvania (60,000); Virginia (57,000); and Wisconsin (35,000).
Additionally, we helped 85,000 people vote by mail in eight states: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, and Wisconsin. That number will only continue to grow. In the past few weeks alone, we’ve mailed 15 million letters and postcards to prospective voters to encourage them to turn out to vote.
“The two main presidential candidates have starkly different visions for the country, making it vitally important that people to turn out and vote for the America they want in the future,” Gardner said.
This year, for the first time in our nation’s history, the majority of voters deciding America’s future will be the unmarried women, people of color and young voters who make up the Rising American Electorate (RAE). We coined the term Rising American Electorate to describe the powerful and growing voting group that includes unmarried women, people of color and millennials. The RAE now makes up the majority of eligible voters in America (56.7%). But RAE members do not vote in proportion to their share of the voting eligible population, and one of the key reasons is their registration rates. Our goal is to close the gap between the number of RAE members who could vote and those who do vote.