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-CortezTrump campaign rolls out TV spots in early voting states after advertising pause Trump adviser Jason Miller: Biden running mate pick 'his political living will' 'Squad' member Rashida Tlaib faces strong primary challenger MORE (D-N.Y.) and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Intelligence panel opens probe into DHS's involvement in response to protests Democrats exit briefing saying they fear elections under foreign threat Nunes declines to answer if he received information from Ukraine lawmaker meant to damage Biden 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 SteyerSteyer endorses reparations bill, commits to working with Jackson Lee Progressive group launches M pro-Biden ad buy targeting young voters The Hill's Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches MORE.

Democrats are keen on boosting youth turnout after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump vows challenge to Nevada bill expanding mail-in voting Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman Juan Williams: The Trump Show grows tired MORE failed to catch fire among younger voters in 2016, contributing to her surprise defeat to President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 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 lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul Progressive Bowman ousts Engel in New York primary How a progressive populist appears to have toppled Engel 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.