Jazmin Kay

Storyteller + Activist

Washington, D.C. and New York

Jazmin Kay

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What I’ve Learned From Reporting On Voting Rights

I started covering voting rights when I was too young to cast a ballot myself, and deemed too young by my elder peers to care. Yet, for me, voting has always been considered a central pillar to the belief that my generation deserves a stake in shaping the issues that matter to us.
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Disabled And Denied: The Fight for Voting Rights For People With Disabilities

Voting is often viewed as one of the most tangible—and most important—exercises of human rights. Yet for the 33.7 million Americans with disabilities who are of voting age, this hallmark human right is far too often made extremely difficult or denied. The lack of coverage and action to ensure full voting agency to citizens with intellectual and physical disabilities is astounding.
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State Of The (Millennial) Union: Voting Rights And Civic Engagement

The President’s last State of the Union address re-enforced not only the need to ensure the right to vote as one of the most sacred duties as a citizen, but also helped remind some of the nation’s most disenfranchised groups, including young people, that their voices matter.
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Sweet Sixteen: The Case For Lowering The Voting Age

Contrary to how it sounds, turning “sweet” 16 is somewhat of an anticlimactic experience for most teens. Aside from some states granting the ability to get a driver’s license or permit, the legal powers granted for those who have reached 16 or 17 are few to none. However, recent suggestions would change this dramatically by giving these teens one of the most important political abilities and exercises of civic participation across America: the right to vote.
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Student Voice Announces Plans For Nationwide Tour at White House Summit

This article is part of our campaign on Civic Engagement. Check out more reporting, research, and actions on Civic Engagement →. Education has a massive impact on students’ lives. Yet far too often are students not present in the fundamental behind-the-scenes decisions that dictate their education.
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The Voting Rights Act Continues To Face Controversy, 50 Years After Its Enactment

This article is part of our campaign on Voting Rights. Check out more reporting, research, and actions on Voting Rights →. Although the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year, the conversation around the future of the VRA is far from complete in Washington.
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Why It’s Time To Take Young, Non-Partisan Voters Seriously

This article is part of our campaign on Civic Engagement. Check out more reporting, research, and actions on Civic Engagement →. The Census Bureau projects that there will be 75.3 million Millennials by the end of 2015, making them the biggest, most diverse generation ever. With these numbers in mind, it is without a doubt that Millennials have the ability to make a major impact on the nation and its politics.
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How Voting Exclusively By Mail Impacts Voter Turnout

Is it time to put voting booths to rest? Facing historically low voter-turnout, experts and advocates aren’t leaving any option un-examined in their quest to increase voting rates in the upcoming election. But while many of these suggestions discuss the ideology–like political disenfranchisement and party frustration–behind these low numbers, the conversation often leaves out a critical factor: how different types of voter methodology can impact turnout.
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Photo Booth Or Voting Booth? ACLU Takes On Indiana’s “Ballot Selfie Law”

Ever thought of taking a picture in the ballot booth? you could be committing a felony. In Indiana, a new bill (Senate Bill 466) known as the “ballot selfie law” would make taking a digital image or picture of yourself with your completed ballot and sharing it on social media a potential felony. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana, citing first amendment protections, is challenging the law.
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Debating Strict Kansas Voting Laws: Secure Elections Or Unnecessary Restrictions To The Ballot?

Under Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), Kansas is subject to some of the strictest voting procedures in the nation. Since 2012, Kansas has required voters to show photo ID at the polls. Additionally, Kansas requires new voters to provide identification measures at registration to combat fraud such as a birth certificate, passport, or other papers documenting their U.S. citizenship since 2013.
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How The New Jersey Democracy Act Could Change Statewide Voting Laws

This article is part of our campaign on Voting Rights. Check out more reporting, research, and actions on Voting Rights →. Earlier this year, the New Jersey State Senate passed the New Jersey Democracy Act: a package deal of voting rights measures including expanding early voting opportunities, online voter registration, and automatic voter registration at Motor Vehicle Commission offices.
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Supreme Court Briefing: A Guide To The Term’s Blockbuster Cases, And What They Mean For Millennials

From fundamental questions concerning representation and democracy to answering challenges to accessible and affordable health care, the Supreme Court has a full docket of potential landmark cases this year touching on criminal justice, the economy, health care, immigration, and voting rights. Here, we lay out some of the biggest cases, and questions, facing the court this year, with an eye toward how young people stand to be helped–or hurt–by the court’s decisions.
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Jazmin Kay

Originally from New York, Jazmin Kay is an alumni of at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C, where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science with special honors. She is Executive Director of, a non-profit organization which aims to help teen voters understand how to vote, when to vote and why to vote. Jazmin’s writing, personal essays, and interviews have been published at The Huffington Post, MTV, Seventeen Magazine, VICE, i-D, Rookie Magazine, Teen Vogue, Fast Company, The Nation, The Obama White House, the U.S. Department of State, in addition to numerous other publications she writes for. She is a contributor to “The Youth Organizing Guide to the Midterm Elections” by Teen Vogue.

Jazmin served at The White House during the final months of the Obama administration as an intern in the Office of Digital Strategy. As a White House intern, she authored content and social engagement for the White House and other administration officials in addition to helping implement digital legacy content. Jazmin is the former National Press Secretary for College Democrats of America where she represented the voices of 100,000 College Democrats and is the former President of GW College Democrats, the largest, most active chapter in the nation.

Jazmin is the former Voting Rights and Civic Engagement Reporter at Generation Progress at The Center for American Progress. As a creative writer and poet, her work has been nationally acclaimed. Jazmin was recently named the one of's "22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women" and a New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) scholarship recipient for demonstrated notable accomplishment as a writer inside and outside of the academic environment, and is a proud member of the 2017-2018 Scholarship Class. Jazmin was recently seen live on the TODAY Show on NBC as the scholarship spokesperson for NYWICI and honored at the 2017 Matrix Awards. She has also been honored at Carnegie Hall as a 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Medalist for Poetry. She also served as the 2015-2016 NCAM Youth Ambassador for Washington DC through Youth Service America, inspiring local youth to take action.



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