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High School Voter Registration

A new law in Illinois allows 17-years-olds to vote in the primary election if they'll be 18 in time for the November general election. Following passage of the law, the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford registered 304 new young voters!

I’ve been a proud League of Women Voters staffer and a local volunteer since 2006. In my work I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of inspiring League volunteers and seen large-scale voter empowerment efforts come to life.

Our Youth Voter Registration Program kicked off in nearly 40 communities nationwide. League volunteers in 15 states will visit local high schools, community colleges and technical/vocational schools to help young people get registered and ready to vote in 2014.

The co-presidents of LWV Cuyahoga Area (OH) guest blog about their voter service work and their high school registration project in particular.

Four young women from Austin, TX who are in Washington, DC to compete in the National History Day Competition visited our offices to discuss their impressive project that explores the origins and sustaining impact of the pivotal Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Standing in a crowded high school hallway in Northern Virginia on a cold morning back in 2010, I unfolded my handmade “Register to Vote!” poster and double-checked my supply of pens.  I was excited

"Claire Wilson, director of Voter Outreach for the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, conducted two voter information workshops in Park Rapids last week. ... The Park Rapids League of Women Voters arranged for Wilson to speak with Park Rapids and Menahga school seniors and with new voters."

"On a whirlwind ten-state tour to promote voting in the presidential election, the League of Women Voters National President Elisabeth MacNamara made a stop in Grosse Pointe [MI] at the War Memorial on Wednesday."

"The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of the U.S. (LWV) is sponsoring a national program called Power the Vote to register citizens for the fall general election Nov. 6. In support of the get-out-the-vote efforts, Elisabeth MacNamara, president of the national organization, is making an 11-state swing through the U.S., including a stop in Kansas City [MO]. She will participate in a League of Women Voters September 24 voter registration drive held at Center High School from 11:45 to 12:45."Read more here: http://pressreleases.kcstar.com/release/messages/28185/#storylink=cpy

 

“The League of Women Voters of Topeka-Shawnee County [KS] announced today that it is launching an extensive voter registration campaign at area high schools in order to engage students who will be 18 years old by the Nov. 6 General Election.”