Who are America’s Missing Voters?

Missing voters are voting age citizens who do not vote in elections. Missing voters reflect the diversity of the United States as a whole. They are of all ages and races, of all educational backgrounds, and they live in every state across our nation.

What is the Missing Voters Project?

The mission of the Missing Voters Project is to educate community activists, public officials, journalists, teachers, and the public about missing voters. We do this by producing educational materials and sharing them widely to support nonpartisan voting participation efforts.

Why do Missing Voters Matter?


Unfortunately, low rates of voter participation have persisted in the United States for a long time. We believe that civic disengagement represents a fundamental threat to the separation of powers in our government, and to American democracy itself.

What's New?

The MVP 2018 Fact Sheets have just been released. Learn about the reasons why missing voters did not vote in the 2018 mid-term election. Fact sheets cover missing voters by labor force status, age, race and ethnicity, and education.

  • View, download, and print full-length reports here.

  • View, download, and print 1-page MVP Fact Sheets here.

  • Find resources and links to our partners and outside organizations here.

  • View the MVP Archive here with all of our 2016 reports and fact sheets.


MVP Faith Action

Network (MVP-FAN)

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Join our non-partisan, interfaith network of local congregations educating themselves to  engage and assist missing voters in their communities.


MVP Student Action Network (MVP-SAN)

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Join a nationwide non-partisan network of college and high school students reaching out to educate, engage, and empower young missing voters.

MVP Labor Action Network (MVP-LAN)

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Join our non-partisan network of labor union locals reaching out to educate, engage, and empower missing voters in their communities.

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