The Board of Education believes that getting young people involved in the election process helps to secure the future of democracy by preparing young people to be educated, engaged voters who have formed that habit of voting and contributing to civic life early.
In an effort to promote student voter registration, the Board directs the high school principal to offer all students who are at least 16 years old (but will not be 18 years old by the next election)the opportunity to pre-register. These students must be otherwise qualified to register to vote.
These pre-registrations will be automatically registered upon reaching the age of eligibilityfollowing verification of the person’s qualifications and address.
The district will do so by offering registration materials through homeroom by January 31 to the Junior class. The district will continue to encourage activities to register students to vote.
Students who do not wish to pre-register to vote do not have to do so. There will be no penalty (including participation grades or credits) for choosing not to do so.
Ref: Election Law § 5-507
Adopted July 2, 2019