The Taiwan Youth Association for Democracy (TYAD) and National Students’ Union of Taiwan (NSUT) said that their “2020 Democracy Youth Homecoming Bus Campaign” donation drive has reached its target, with more than 5,000 people having pledged more than NT$2.5 million (US$81,967) as of yesterday.
The campaign aims to help cover traveling expenses for young people to return home to vote in the presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 11.
Young people in the past have not had a high voter turnout, because many attend universities far from their hometowns, TYAD secretary-general Chang Yu-meng (張育萌) told a news briefing yesterday.
The two associations got together to organize the campaign, because government statistics showed that 1.18 million young people are eligible as first-time voters in the Jan. 11 elections, as they have just turned 20 — the voting age in Taiwan, he said.
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