There is a giant scheme underway by Democrats to turn high schoolers into their latest voting bloc. As roughly two-thirds of Gen Z voters backed House Democrats this past midterm election cycle, left-wing activists are looking to expand their gains in the youth vote by targeting Gen Z’s younger members. And that’s why they’re focused […]
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There is a giant scheme underway by Democrats to turn high schoolers into their latest voting bloc. As roughly two-thirds of Gen Z voters backed House Democrats this past midterm election cycle, left-wing activists are looking to expand their gains in the youth vote by targeting Gen Z’s younger members. And that’s why they’re focused on bringing voter registration drives to high schools as 2024 gets closer.
Case in point: Montgomery County, Alabama is bringing voter registration kiosks to all its high schools.
Keep in mind that to be eligible to cast a ballot in Alabama, voters must be 18 years of age or older. Yet the Montgomery County Probate office wants to “put these kiosks at all of our local high schools to really try to capture those students who are about to graduate and come into the world,” as one official put it.
By installing these mobile kiosks in local high schools, school officials can partner with outside Democrat groups to hold voter registration drives and swing impressionable teens in particular candidates’ favor, both on the local and national levels.
“One of the things that the schools can do is they can move it [the kiosk] around, you know, to the cafeteria, if they wanted to do a voter registration drive there, or if the student government or cheerleaders or Spanish club, wanted to do a voter registration, right up before the basketball game, they can hold it down there,” Montgomery County Probate Judge JC Love told a local news station.
It’s no secret that young people overwhelmingly skew Democrat (thanks in large part to the propaganda fed to them). According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, millennials and Gen Z preferred Democratic candidates by a 28-point margin in the last election cycle. And that’s what Democrats are hoping to capitalize on.
Installing voter registration kiosks and conducting voter registration drives at high schools will surely be taken advantage of by groups that exist to manipulate electioneering tactics for Democrats’ gain, targeting a captive audience of young people who are required to be in school and used to being told what to do in that environment. It’s targeted, strategic voter registration, and it definitely makes a difference in pushing the party’s preferred candidate over the top. For example, in January 2021 during the Georgia runoff elections, the youth vote was essential to handing Democrats control of the Senate.
These kiosks aren’t the only way Democrats are courting the youth vote, however. As The Federalist has previously reported, there are multiple initiatives advocating lowering the federal voting age to 16 as well as automatically registering high school juniors to vote as a result of taking standardized testing. There are many initiatives aimed at college students as well. Leftist group Voters of Tomorrow aims to “promote voter turnout among college-age youth.” Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote nonprofit hosts dozens of voter registration drives aimed at college populations in Democratic-leaning cities.
Simply put: the money and resources dedicated to winning the youth vote on the Democrat side are boundless. Republicans would do well to imitate.
Victoria Marshall is a staff writer at The Federalist. Her writing has been featured in the New York Post, National Review, and Townhall. She graduated from Hillsdale College in May 2021 with a major in politics and a minor in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @vemrshll.