Are You Ready to Rock the Vote?
Road Trip 2012 — described in a recent press release as a “a bus tour designed to fully maximize voter registration, education, and engagement efforts as young people face an onslaught of regressive voting restrictions in states across the country” — gets in gear on August 28.
Right now, there are 44 million members of the millennial generation eligible to vote. But will teens and young people turn out to raise their voices and speak out for what matters most to them? Rock the Vote organizers say they hope to register 1.5 million young voters during the bus trip, which begins in Florida.
The bus will travel to 10 different locations, including stops in Georgia, North Carolina, Washington D.C and more. The stops feature musical artists including G. Love and ALO, a bus designed by street artist Mr. Brainwash — and educational kiosks where new voters can learn about the voting process and the issues in this year’s election.
“Politicians understand just how powerful the youth vote can be,” said Rock the Vote President Heather Smith in the same press release. “Rock the Vote’s Road Trip 2012 is an integral part of our national campaign to register and fuel the engagement of millions of young voters this fall. By bringing together the latest technology and some of the best artists out there, this road trip will ensure that young people nationwide have the information they need to make their voices heard in this election.”
To find out more about how to register — or find other ways to get involved in the 2012 presidential election — you can go to the Rock the Vote site. Not old enough to vote? Make sure to check out Heart of Gold’s tips about the art of political volunteering to learn how you can play a role in the outcome of just about any political decision, even before you turn 18.
Also, make sure you read Heart of Gold’s story about three New Jersey teens who made a big impact on this year’s presidential debates. Their story is a great reminder that there are many ways to make a difference!
Which issues matter most to you in this year’s presidential election?