we're a non-partisan movement of young, active citizens working to strengthen democracy.
A strong democracy is one that represents the majority of the population in all of its diversity. Y Vote was formed so that young people could work together to make sure our voices are being represented in politics at all levels of government. Research shows that young Australians are often structurally marginalised from policy making and systemically disempowered from having our voices heard.
A 2014 Lowy Institute poll found that:
In the lead up to the 2013 federal election, roughly 25% of 18-24 year olds were not enrolled to vote and as many as 50% of 18 year olds were not enrolled. Low youth voter participation is just one symptom resulting from the disillusionment young people have with the state of Australian democracy.
We're taking action to make democracy work by:
Building a movement of young, active citizens who are informed, empowered and equipped to participate in community decision making so that our voices are heard and democracy is strengthened. We do this by:
Increasing the number of 18 - 30 year olds that cast a valid vote in all elections. Check out our 2016 federal election results here.
Building the leadership capacity of young people to participate in their local community decision making processes. Check out our Global Civic Leaders courses here.
Exploring innovative ideas that strengthen democratic participation.