Empowering the voters of tomorrow

League of Women Voters to carry out youth voter registration at schools

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:30am

MIDCOAST — The Midcoast Chapter of League of Women Voters is carrying out voter registration work locally to help high school and college students register to vote for the first time. League volunteers are working with student peers and faculty to organize student registration drives.

League volunteers will be at the Watershed School, Monday, Feb. 3, from noon - 1:30 p.m., and University College in Rockland, from 3 – 4 p.m.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, they will be at Camden Hills Regional High School, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The Midcoast Chapter wants to provide this opportunity to all the high schools in Knox County and looks forward to working with them, according to the League, in a news release.

“Student voices are driving many social and political movements and the League believes through thoughtful collaboration, we can support and inspire young people to become active and engaged leaders of tomorrow,” said the League. Tomorrow’s leaders are coming of age at a time of unprecedented diversity and opportunity. They are also growing up in a nation facing fundamental questions about its place in the world.”

The League has worked for 100 years to encourage all Americans to take charge of their democracy. A key element has been voter registration and education to inspire life-long voting habits. Voter registration is critical to spurring young people to get involved. Consensus data tells us that seventy five percent of young people who register turn out to vote in major elections.

“The League of Women Voters believes we all have a role to play in inspiring and empowering young citizens to register and vote,” said the group.

“While national elections get the media attention, local elections in many ways have more direct impact on people’s lives, including the quality of roads and transit systems, the schools our kids attend, parks and greenways, public safety and more,” said League. “Our Democracy is built from the ground up and key decisions that affect our communities, our kids, taxes and the investments they support are determined locally. With primary elections happening on March 3 and on June 9, students need to know that they can participate in these primaries if they will be 18 years old by the general election which is November 3, 2020.

“Every eligible American voter should exercise her or his right to be heard at the ballot box this year. Voter Registration is the right place to start.. VOTE! It’s your super power!”

For more information about these events or about the League, visit www.lwvme.org.