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Immigrants from Peru, my parents taught me that voting is essential in order for all citizens to have a voice in their country’s government.

Preliminary results of our high school voter registration project show that we helped register thousands of young people to vote this spring! Here are six major takeaways that have us excited about young voters.

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the 26th Amendment, which opened up the voting process to millions of young Americans.

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.

North Carolina Politicians Target College Students’ Right to Vote

"A total of 5,686 students from 12 school districts and one home school group participated in the Chautauqua County Board of Elections 2012 Mock Presidential Elections. ... 'The League of Women Voters welcomes the Board of Elections' effort to engage students in the political process through a mock election for president. We were happy to have partnered with the Board to make it happen,' said Minda Rae Amiran, League of Women Voters of Chautauqua County's voter service chair."

"Last week, a group of boisterous teenagers marched down to a ballot box a few blocks from their school. The first-time voter contingent and their sign-holding supporters whooped and chanted all the way to the Alameda County Courthouse, eliciting friendly toots from passing cars. ... At Encinal High in Alameda, representatives from the League of Women Voters and the Alameda County Registrar of Voters have come to speak to students about civil rights and the importance of voting, and to register those who are 18 or about to turn 18."

"The Town Clerk's Office has taken on a group of 16- and 17-year-old Brookline teen volunteers to work the polls for the Nov. 6 election. According to a press release sent via the Brookline League of Women Voters, a Brookline High School teacher teamed up with the League to get these teens involved in the political process."

"More than 800 juniors and seniors at Kalamazoo Central, Loy Norrix and Phoenix high schools participated in the process, which was coordinated by the League of Women Voters Kalamazoo Area [MI] and featured actual voting machines and specially prepared ballots that looked like the real thing."

"Bruce Spradlin, seventh-grader at Balboa Middle School, votes Tuesday in the statewide student mock election. The history department, PTA, League of Women Voters and Buena High School Drum Corps, along with community members, joined together to provide the opportunity for students to vote."