The New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, and the NJ Social Studies Supervisors Association are proud to once again team up to organize a voter registration drive, #MyVoiceMyVoteNJ, in high schools throughout New Jersey from September 17 to October 12.
Through your efforts, more than 2,000 students added their names to the voter rolls and were eligible to have their voice heard at the ballot box in the June primaries. With the November general election in which we will elect a new U.S. Congress just around the corner, as well as several very important local races, now is the time to keep the momentum going and once again participate in this important initiative.
Still fresh in our minds is the horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the many unspeakable acts involving gun violence across the country in our recent past. This spring, it was students who led the calls for new gun-control laws, organized school walkouts, the #neveragain movement, and the March for Our Lives demonstrations, where hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, D.C. and millions more around the United States and the world. We believe it is important — in fact, imperative — to honor our students’ voices, to let them know that we are listening and that we value what they are saying.
Organizing a voter registration drive can be easy and fun, and is a great way to involve your student government leaders, members of your National Honor Society, your Social Studies clubs, or other school leadership groups. The League of Women Voters of New Jersey has provided important resources below to help you get started and is also able to provide training to you, your staff, or your students on the many different ways your drive can be held. Remember, students who are 17 years old can register now, but will only be allowed to vote once they turn 18.
Please let us know that you would like to hold a voter registration drive at your school any time between September 17 and October 12, by emailing Dan Higgins, NJPSA Director of Strategic Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org, so you can once again be added as an official #MyVoiceMyVoteNJ school. At the conclusion of your drive, please provide us with the total number of students who registered during the campaign so that we can announce the success of the drive.
Remember, students who are 17 years old can register now, but will only be allowed to vote once they turn 18. The #MyVoiceMyVoteNJ voter registration drive is a fantastic way to support your students’ expression of their voice during these challenging times. This campaign also serves to promote a positive course of action and civic engagement for students that will indeed make a difference for the future of America.
All schools that participate will receive wristbands to hand out to registrants and a banner to hang in your school (while supplies last).
To participate as an official #MyVoiceMyVoteNJ school, please email Dan Higgins, NJPSA Director of Strategic Communications, at email@example.com, with the following information:
Name of School
Contact Name, Title, and E-mail Address
Number of Juniors and Seniors in Your School
Date(s) you plan to hold the drive.
When you join, we will follow up and give you more information.
Please also remember to promote this registration drive through your social media channels using #MyVoiceMyVoteNJ
Here are the resources you may need from the League of Women Voters of New Jersey:
Voter Education Resources for Registering High School Students
Voter Registration Drive kit: http://lwvnj.org/resources_kit.html
Important Note: Students who wish to register must either know their Social Security Number or their New Jersey Driver’s License Number. Please be sure that students know this in advance of the registration drive date.
Request a local League conduct a voter registration drive: Please contact Pat Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-394-3303 to arrange for a local League to visit your students to conduct a voter registration drive.
League of Women Voters of New Jersey www.lwvnj.org
Voter Registration Forms: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information.html#vrf
Vote by Mail applications: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-vote-by-mail.html
County Election Officials: http://www.njelections.org/voting-information-local-officials.html
Know your rights: http://lwvnj.org/voting_rights.html
Video for first time voters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bbmod3PG8M&feature=related
Information about what’s on ballot, election dates, more: www.VOTE411.org
League of Women Voters of New Jersey toll-free voter assistance hotline: 1-800-792-VOTE (8683)