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The Rising American Electorate Is Paying Attention as Trump Addresses the Nation

February 5, 2019

In advance of President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight, Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center, released the following statement:

“Today, as President Trump addresses the American public, the Rising American Electorate (RAE) is listening. Now comprising 62 percent of the voting-eligible public, this demographic – made up of unmarried women, young people, and communities of color – will play an important role in deciding the 2020 elections and determining Trump’s chances at re-election. The RAE is paying close attention to the president’s policies on issues that disproportionately impact them, including income inequality, access to health care, student loans and housing affordability. But the biggest question is whether Trump will start listening to the majority of Americans, or if he will continue to let the wealthiest thrive at the expense of the rest.

“The president should also address the violations of voting rights across the country during the 2018 midterm elections and the continued discrimination in our elections. From Texas to North Carolina to Georgia, there are far too many barriers to casting a ballot. Whether the president chooses to acknowledge these issues or not, Stacey Abrams will offer an important perspective in the Democratic response, which will ensure our entire nation knows what really occurred.”


The Voter Participation Center registers and mobilizes the Rising American Electorate – unmarried women, people of color, and young people. VPC has registered nearly four million people since 2004 and works to inspire underrepresented groups to increase their civic engagement and permanently change the American electorate.


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