Dedicated to engaging Utah’s 18-29 year-olds, Voterise has created the 2020 Challenge. The Voterise 2020 Challenge is a 2-year initiative designed to increase voter participation among Utah women. Not only is 2020 a presidential election, it marks:
· The 150th anniversary of the unanimous vote by the Utah Territorial Legislature to grant women the right to vote on February 12, 1870. Two days later, Utah women became the first to do so in the modern United States.
· The 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which began the expansion of voting rights for women throughout the United States
· The 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, passed in 1965 to prohibit racial discrimination in voting
The goal of this initiative is to provide 1,000 women and partner organizations with toolkits including voter registration forms, training, and Voterise’s signature “text to register” business cards. Alongside the toolkit, Voterise is planning a Utah Women’s Registration Day, as well as conduct a Get Out the Vote program.
Utah, the third fastest-growing state in the nation, is highly diverse with approximately 16% of its population being of Latinx descent as well as significant numbers of Native American, African American, Asian and Pacific Islander citizens. Salt Lake City, on a per capita basis, ranks 2nd in the country for LGBTQ population. Between 1980 and 2016, Utah fell from having the 5th best voter turnout in the country, to the 39th. Utah has a voting problem, and the Peace and Possibility Project is pleased to support this important work. For more information on Voterise, or to become an ambassador of the 2020 Challenge, visit their website.