If Things Feel Extra Bad Right Now, It’s Because They Are

We don’t have a lot of time before the 2022 midterms, so I want to tell you my real takeaway here up front: Things are not looking good. Regardless of who wins or loses on Tuesday, the right is at war with young people, and using that as an avenue to target marginalized communities across … Read more

These Are the 5 Closest Senate Races in the 2022 Midterm Elections

This article was originally published by Vogue. With the midterms less than a week away, there has never been a more crucial time to make sure you’re registered and make a plan to vote—whether it’s early or on Election Day. While the promise of Roevember looms large and there are plenty of exciting progressive candidates … Read more

Private Citizens With Guns Are Surveilling Ballot Boxes in Arizona

This article was originally published by Vanity Fair. The Department of Justice has issued a rebuke of alleged voter intimidation in Arizona, and for the first time this cycle, it’s throwing its weight behind a high-profile lawsuit that accuses right-wing groups of enlisting their supporters to “surveil” drop boxes across the state. In a Monday … Read more

The Real Winner of the Midterms Will Be the Police

It’s been two years since kente-wearing Democrats took a knee in an effort to hijack the George Floyd uprisings for their own electoral benefit. Now, ahead of the 2022 midterms, those same Democrats are doing their darndest to distance themselves from the defund movement and the anti-police sentiment that took the streets in the summer … Read more

We Talked to Five Young Voters About Crime and Policing

The question of what makes us feel safe is a complicated one, especially for Gen Zers. It’ll soon be six months since the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The four-year anniversary of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida was earlier this year and the 10-year anniversary of the shooting … Read more

Why Do All These Universities Keep Taking Right Wing Bait?

“For the 60,000 students across the UF system and the greater campus community, Sasse’s selection represents a new wave of collegiate leadership that has been shaped by the increased confluence of statewide political and academic sectors,” including DeSantis’s administration, UF student Halima Attah wrote for Teen Vogue last week. In response to intense protests from … Read more

Our State Lawmakers Tried to Block College Students From Voting

“If you’re a college student in Montana and you don’t have a registration or a bank statement or a W-2, it makes me kind of wonder why you’re voting in this election anyway,” said House Speaker Wylie Galt when SB 169, a voter ID bill disenfranchising students and other voters, was passed by the Montana … Read more

What the Midterms Actually Are — And Why They Matter

Unlike state and local elections that happen every year, congressional midterm elections occur halfway through a president’s term and do not take place during general election years. For reference, the last midterm election occurred in 2018 during Donald Trump’s second year as president. There was no midterm election in 2020 as it was a general … Read more

Beto O’Rourke Warns What a Third Greg Abbott Term Could Look Like

Teen Vogue: And if you are to win, what would be your first priority? Beto O’Rourke: There’s so much that we got to get working on after eight years of Greg Abbott, eight years of failure. Let’s take some common sense steps to defend the Second Amendment and better protect the lives of our fellow … Read more

What’s Up With the Lawsuits Threatening Student Debt Forgiveness

This story is published as part of Teen Vogue’s 2022 Economic Security Project fellowship. Well, that was fast. Within weeks of President Biden announcing federal student debt relief, lawsuits started rolling in to block the plan. For as long as activists and advocates have been pushing the Biden administration to cancel student debt, experts have … Read more