Progressive group NextGen Florida plans to register thousands of students during the next few weeks on 43 college campuses across the state – including Florida State University, the University of Florida and University of Central Florida. Organizers will partner voter registration efforts with festivals, food, giveaways and other games, as well as a get out the vote initiative for the Aug. 28 primary.
The effort represents the organization’s faith in the “youth vote,” an unknown variable in this year’s midterm election results. Some scholars are skeptical of high young voter turnout while others say young voters will have more of an impact on close races.
NextGen America is funded by American billionaire Tom Steyer and the Florida chapter began with an initial $3.5 million investment. The group officially endorses Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum for governor.
The Florida chapter has already registered over 19,000 young Floridians to vote this year, according to a press release, and organizers intend to continue their efforts until the voter registration deadline for the Nov. 6 election. After the deadline to register, NextGen continues its efforts to get out the vote and to inform registrants about their local polling stations and political issues.