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“I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”
― Malala Yousafzai
716 Votes! is a civic initiative of Open Buffalo to engage, educate and activate people of color, ages 16 to 25, to increase voter registration and participation in the 2020 election and beyond. We are working to build lasting community capacity for systemic change, both during and outside election seasons. 716 Votes! is rooted in empowerment, training and leadership. Our objective is to first assist youth to heal from community traumas, and then teach them how to become advocates for racial equity, social justice, and policy change.
In the 2017 city and county election, only 10% of youth ages 18 to 30 turned out to vote.
In the 2016 presidential election, youth turnout was just 43%.
For all voters, the turnout was 34% in the 2017 city/county election, and 66% in 2016 presidential election.