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 team up to organize a voter registration drive, #MyVoiceMyVoteNJ.
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, following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 students dead, more than a dozen wounded, and millions outraged. In the days and weeks following this tragedy, many have taken action in their calls for change, with students leading the way by advocating for new gun-control laws, organizing school walkouts, the #neveragain movement, and the recent March for Our Lives demonstrations, where hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, D.C. and millions more around the United States and the world.Further, we believe that in order to affect real change, the most important place for students to express their voice is at the ballot box.
This voter registration campaign will begin on April 30 through May 11, and we are pleased to invite all New Jersey high schools to participate.
Whether you usually organize a registration drive at your school or will be doing so for the first time, please let us know before April 16 that you would like to hold a voter registration drive at your school any time between April 30 and May 11. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following information:
Name of School
Contact Name, Title, and E-mail Address
Number of Juniors and Seniors in Your School
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 email@example.com 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
Primary at a Glance: http://njpsa.org/documents/pdf/PrimaryataGlace2018.pdf
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)