Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to building the political power of young people. In 1990, music executives founded Rock the Vote in response to censorship of hip-hop and rap artists. Their first partnership, with MTV, helped promote the message that “Censorship is Un-American” and helped to engage young people across the country in fighting back. Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power. Rock the Vote has registered and turned out millions of young voters on campuses, in communities, and online. They have successfully fought for — and defended — voting rights and increased access to democracy. They have raised awareness and campaigned for issues that impact the lives of young people. They have pioneered innovative ways to make registration and voting work, and have built open-source technology to empower other organizations.


The ballot is stronger than the bullet. Abraham Lincoln

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. Theodore Roosevelt

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. George Jean Nathan

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age. Marshall McLuhan

According to the U.S. Census, the most common reason people give for not voting is that they were too busy or had conflicting work or school schedules. Jeff Miller

Do the unexpected. Take twenty minutes out of your day, do what young people all over the world are dying to do: vote.
Rick Mercer

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato

Not voting is voting to hand your power over, to throw it away and give it to somebody whose interests are going to be harmful to your own. Eric Liu

If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.
Albert Einstein

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ten men shouting will control ten thousand who choose to remain silent. Joseph J. Haeggquist

Our strongest weapon is our vote. Right now there's a lot of energy floating around, but unless we harness that energy with voting, it's not going to be as crucial as it can be. Ramiro Luna

Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Don’t count the days, make the days count. Muhammad Ali

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. The Dalai Lama

If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children. Coretta Scott King

Try being informed instead of just opinionated. Unknown

Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote.
Richelle E. Goodrich

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy

One can make a difference and everyone should try.
John F. Kennedy

The most powerful thing we own is our vote. Bev Perdue

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. George Jean Nathan

Ballot boxes in America are more often starved than stuffed.
E. C. McKenzie

Look well to the characters and qualifications of those you elect and raise to office and places of trust. (Matthias Burnett, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Norwalk, An Election Sermon, preached at Hartford, on the Day of the Anniversary Election, May 12, 1803. Hartford: Printed by Hudson & Goodwin, 1803, p. 27.)