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  • “Lest we forget the sacrifices
    that were made.”

    -from Seneca Falls to Selma


“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."

- Pericles




Why Voting Matters

An analysis of California’s youth vote by the California Civic Engagement Project concluded that strong youth electoral participation is critical to achieving a robust and fully representative democracy.  However, since the passage of the 26th amendment in 1971, California youth registration rates have consistently fallen far below those of the general population.  (CCEP Policy Brief Issue 2, October 2012).

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About Us

Vote 60 by 50 is a nonpartisan civic engagement project of the Law and Democracy program at Chabot College in partnership with the League of Women Voters – Eden Area and other campus and community partners. 

Our Goal

Our primary goal is to educate California Community College students and others about the evolution of voting rights in the United States, why voting matters, and to increase the voting rate of Chabot College and other students to 60% to honor the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (2015).


whites are projected to be 1/3 of the adult population in CA. If the voting turnout of Asians and Latinos stays the same, whites will still make up 53% of the voting population.

of the state’s eligible youth registered to vote, compared with 77.5%of the eligible population.

of eligible youth failed to vote in the 2012 general election, despite large increases of voter registration.

8% higher

online registrant turnout than voters who registered using other methods. The difference was much larger for younger voters.

from The California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis Center for Regional Change

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What We Can Do Today

Conventional wisdom holds that young people (18-29 – “millennials”) are losing faith in their institutions, including government and are disengaged from politics.  In a survey by the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP), only 20% of millennials trusted the federal government to do the right thing all or most of time.  The numbers for state and local government were just as bad – 28% and 33%...

Recent News

Steve Phillips, civil rights attorney, national political leader and author of 'Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority' will be the keynote speaker for our Sixth Annual Law and Democracy Lecture.
Thursday, September 15th
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Chabot College
Performaing Arts Center