There are 115 newly registered voters at New Rochelle High School!
The high school’s Advanced Placement Government & Politics students, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Westchester, held a successful Civic Engagement and Voter Registration Day. Under the guidance of teacher Timothy Kuklis, students visited other senior classes to conduct presentations about the opportunities, challenges, benefits, and responsibilities associated with voting.
“Accessibility to voter registration is hard enough for young adults, let alone teens turning 18,” said student Fairuz Saleh. “Registering in class made the process less intimidating, and for once, I felt like I could take ownership of my right to vote.”
"We helped register 115 students who will be eligible to vote in this year’s general election, and we pre-registered 35 16- and 17-year-olds,” said Alissa Baum of the League of Women Voters. “The best part of the day was watching student-run workshops on voting. They rejected the notion that young people don’t vote because of apathy. They helped teach their classmates how to register to vote, how to apply for an absentee ballot, and even how to consider where to vote if going out of state to college. It was a privilege to see these young people take charge of their role in the community."
Students were encouraged to register to vote, and thanks to this Voter Registration Drive, they will be ready to vote for the first time in November. The New Rochelle High Social Studies Department remains committed to preparing and empowering our youth to use their voice and political power by participating in the electoral process. To register to vote, visit https://citizenparticipation.westchestergov.com/register-to-vote.