Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout

Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout
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Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery Ocasio-Cortez explains 'present' vote on Iron Dome Dingell fundraises off Greene altercation on Capitol steps MORE (D-N.Y.) and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffJan. 6 panel subpoenas four ex-Trump aides Bannon, Meadows Schiff: Criminal contempt charges possible for noncooperation in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Biden jumps into frenzied Dem spending talks MORE (D-Calif.) are teaming up to gin up youth voter turnout, bringing together two of the Democratic Party’s biggest names to boost the party’s chances of victory in November.

Ocasio-Cortez and Schiff will host a virtual Earth Day Town Hall on Friday evening. Participants will send thousands of text messages asking friends and family to register to vote.

“By sending out thousands of texts collectively, the youth climate movement seeks to redefine organizing in the face of COVID-19 and bring new people into the community of engaged voters to make a fundamental difference in voter turnout in 2020,” said the U.S. Climate Strike Coalition, the group organizing the town hall.

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The lawmakers will be joined by a list of celebrities, including Yara Shahidi and Ilyasah Shabazz, as well as philanthropist and former presidential candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerOvernight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline Six things to watch as California heads for recall election MORE.

Democrats are keen on boosting youth turnout after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE failed to catch fire among younger voters in 2016, contributing to her surprise defeat to President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE

The effort is tapping two of the Democratic Party’s most rapidly rising stars; Ocasio-Cortez electrified the progressive base with a surprise primary victory over longtime former Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyProgressives eye shift in strategy after high-profile losses Ocasio-Cortez doesn't rule out challenging Schumer Cynthia Nixon backs primary challenger to Rep. Carolyn Maloney MORE (D-N.Y.) in 2018, and Schiff garnered national praise from the party faithful over his role as Democrats' chief manager during the Senate’s impeachment trial earlier this year.