Dear Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Committee,
North Carolina’s young people have long been integral to the success of our Democratic party and have for generations led the fight for progressive values, equality and inclusivity in our state. It’s the restless energy of youth that has become the embodiment of our state’s motto, “to be, rather than to seem.” It’s with this spirit and dedication that our young people -- the changing face of a more diverse and progressive North Carolina has impacted elections, shaped legislation, and driven movements.
It is no secret that our young people have an undeniable passion for public service that yearns to shape our party and our state for the better. The 2016 elections will certainly showcase the importance that young people will play in shaping not only our state government, but the leadership of our country. That is why we want to commend this committee for it’s commitment to youth outreach.
In 2012, just under 1.2 million young people voted in North Carolina -- overwhelmingly for President Obama and Democratic candidates. His success then, and our next candidate's success in 2016, will rely heavily on strong turnout and support from young voters. Based on exit polling and turnout results -- young people make up 36% of the Democratic electorate in North Carolina. While turnout among young voters has increased 16% over the last 16 years we must encourage and welcome further growth.
We want to thank the committee for ensuring North Carolina’s young voters have a seat at the table. The North Carolina Democratic Party’s action goal of 28 youth delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention is not only a step in the right direction, but also highlights North Carolina’s continued commitment to investing in the next generation of activists and leaders.