Calls for change are powerful - but how can you actually be a driver of change and make your voice heard? One of the best ways to make your voice heard, especially locally and regionally, is to vote in elections.
In the 2018 United States midterm elections, 53% of the voting age population cast ballots, according to the US Census Bureau. Among voters aged between 18-29, turnout jumped from 20% in the 2014 midterms to 36% in 2018. That's a great jump - but the number is still VERY low.
Historically, voters in this age demographic have been the least likely to vote, while voters aged 65+ are most likely to vote. In the 2018 midterms, 66% of eligible voters 65 and over voted, while 35% of voters aged 18-29 voted. What this means is that older voters are largely dictating policies that younger citizens must abide by. Younger citizens are not making their voices heard at the ballot box.
CEVA encourages everybody to vote in all local, regional, and national elections. We know that sometimes, it feels like a single voice is lost in the millions of ballots cast in an election. However, casting a ballot, while a seemingly small gesture, is more powerful than not voting at all.
Oregon and Washington have vote-by-mail systems that make it very easy to exercise your right to vote. This page gives you information on how to register to vote in your state.
Remember - elections don't just happen every 4 years. Elections on a local and regional level happen nearly every year, sometimes twice in the same year. You have the opportunity to shape the future of your hometown, your counties, and your state.
Register to vote in Oregon by going to the Oregon Secretary of State's voting homepage.
Did you know you can register to vote in Oregon when you turn 16? While you won't be able to vote until you're 18, you can register well ahead of time. You can also use this webpage to find a ballot drop box, update your voter registration status, and find contact information for your elected officials.
You can register to vote in the State of Washington by visiting the Secretary of State's elections homepage.
This page has numerous resources, including a detailed calendar with election dates and deadlines, information on redistricting, and more. You can also see a full list of who has filed for the elected positions in each county or locality.
***Disseminating this information is not intended, in any way, to be a political endorsement or an affirmation of any policy, candidate, or referendum. CEVA is a non-partisan and non-political organization and will remain as such. We do not endorse political candidates or parties. We feel it's important to get this information out there for anybody who wishes to exercise their right to vote.***