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Here's what prominent politicians have to say about VOTES:
- "The issues government is tackling today will impact our generation for years to come. Whether it’s investments in renewable energy, resources to tackle the opioid epidemic, innovative solutions to economic inequity, or the ongoing battle for social justice — young people will have a critical voice in addressing the most pressing challenges our country faces today and tomorrow. VOTES not only engages future voters, but arms them with the tools necessary to make informed decisions and prepares them to take part in the democratic process." — U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III
- “The VOTES project strengthens our democracy by helping engage the next generation in American civic life. We know that we can build a more inclusive society and a more representative government when all our voices are heard and when everyone participates. I applaud all of the students working with the VOTES project to champion the fundamental right to vote for all. With the election on November 8 and Massachusetts early voting starting today, it’s such an important time to make your voice heard.” — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
- "The VOTES project is a fine way for high school students to learn about and engage in America's electoral process. Legislative bodies in our 50 states have very few members who are millennials — age 18 to 29. America needs many more young people to serve in those legislative bodies." — John Olver, former US representative
- “Efforts like the VOTES project are critical in getting more young people engaged and excited about the political process. We know that when we engage in our democracy and hear ideas and perspectives from our fellow citizens, we help build a more inclusive and more perfect union. I commend all students participating in VOTES, and encourage them to stay involved in the electoral process into the future.” — New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan
- "Although millennials are now the largest voting-eligible generation in the U.S., the common assumption is that young people are apathetic and don’t vote because they have little or no interest in government or politics. For the last 28 years, this stereotype has been proven wrong by a project called VOTES … I believe that these students will continue to pay attention and will continue to be heard by actively participating and voting in future elections.” — Massachusetts State Representative John Scibak