As the coronavirus pandemic has upended normal balloting, more than half of voters under the age of 35 say they don’t have the resources or knowledge they need to vote by mail in November, according to a new poll.
The poll was conducted by Global Strategy Group for NextGen America, a group that is focused primarily on engaging and turning out young voters.
“The problem is we’ve never voted in a pandemic before and some of these young people have never even voted before,” said Ben Wessel, NextGen America’s executive director. “And so when we look at the information about how to print out or, do you have the ability to print out a ballot request form or do you know how to get stamps or do you even know where to find more information? We’re really understanding that we have a big job to do.”
NextGen America was founded by the billionaire hedge fund investor turned climate activist Tom Steyer, who also waged an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination this year. NextGen America endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in May.
That need for more information about how to mail-in vote underscored in the poll could be particularly acute among young people of color who may face even greater challenges.