League of Women Voters to Register Eligible Student Voters at Mount Vernon High School on Tuesday, September 24
Students who will be eligible to vote in November’s general election will have the opportunity to register to vote on Tuesday, September 24—National Voter Registration Day—at Mount Vernon High School. Members of the League of Women Voters-Fairfax Chapter will facilitate the voter registration drive during government classes.
In class, students have been discussing the responsibilities of citizens to engage in the voting process. Through the school’s Students Involved in Volunteering program, students are encouraged to help at polling locations, register others to vote, and to reach out to the larger community. The goal is to help them make more informed choices at the polls to benefit their communities, state, and country.
“This visit by the League of Women Voters will officially kick off our unit on elections and political parties,” says Mount Vernon social studies teacher Robin Stewart. “It is our hope that by partnering with this organization and teaching this unit before the election, we will encourage our young voters to engage in our upcoming state elections and primaries in March 2020.”
Members of the League of Women Voters will share information about the importance of voting during a classroom presentation. In addition to registering in class, students can register during their lunch periods. The school is also planning a spring drive to encourage Mount Vernon students to register to vote.
September is recognized as National Voter Registration Month.
The Fairfax County School Board approved a resolution in support of voter registration and the FCPS High School Voter Registration Challenge at its September 12 business meeting. During the 2018-19 school year, 10 schools met the challenge of registering at least 50 percent of the eligible members of their senior class as part of the challenge. These schools were recognized by the School Board at its May 23 business meeting.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.
Fairfax County School Board National Voter Registration Month Resolution
WHEREAS, September is National Voter Registration month, a nonpartisan effort to increase awareness of registration requirements and participation in voting, which is the most important civic opportunity of United States citizens and is the cornerstone of our democracy; and
WHEREAS, the Ethical and Global Citizen attribute of the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate is an expectation for all students, and schools are committed to developing students who will exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens; and
WHEREAS, providing fair and equal access to voting is an ongoing effort in our country; civic education contributes to the development of engaged citizens and increases the likelihood of future participation in voting; and
WHEREAS, young people who are registered to vote participate in numbers close to the participation rates of older voters; and
WHEREAS, when young people exercise their voting rights, they are likely to become lifelong voters, exercising their duties and responsibilities as citizens;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Fairfax County School Board recognizes the efforts of the League of Women Voters, the Fairfax County Board of Elections, Fairfax County Council of PTAs, and the FCPS social studies’ team and teachers who provide voter registration opportunities and nonpartisan information about voting procedures to eligible students;
THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Fairfax County School Board recognizes schools that meet the High School Voter Registration Challenge, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area and the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, which identifies schools that register at least 50 percent of eligible seniors. I so move.