Young Voters Could Decide the Election: Will They?


Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual event, registration required

Every election cycle, we lament low young voter turnout rates. Yet, in the last few years, young people have been at the forefront of the movements for racial justice, climate justice, gun violence prevention, and policing issues. They have taken their advocacy to the streets and to elected officials. We saw an uptick in youth voter rates in 2018. Now, will this energy translate into an even larger upswell of young voters in November?

You’re invited to join us in discussion with leading experts about the latest young voter polling data, ongoing grassroots organizing efforts, and the challenges young people face in the voting process.

Speakers include:

  • Dawn Boudwin, Deputy Executive Director of Network Strategy, Alliance for Youth Action
  • Dakota Hall, Executive Director, Leaders Igniting Transformation
  • Prof. Michael Hanmer, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
  • Justin Tseng Harvard College 2022, Co-chair of the Harvard Public Opinion Project
  • Abby Kiesa (Moderator), Director of Impact, CIRCLE, Tufts University

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Virtual Event Details  

Registration is required for this event. Please register using the link above to receive details via email for how to join the virtual discussion. This event will be recorded and a link to the recording will be sent out afterward to all who register.

You can submit questions to the panelists in advance during the registration process. A live Q&A will also be available during the event with an option to submit questions in real-time. 

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