Over a Thousand High School Students Registered to Vote

Nov 1, 2017

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Last Month, more than a thousand West Virginia high school students registered to vote. Secretary of State Mac Warner says he hopes to see even more eligible young voters sign up to vote in November. 

Thirteen high schools across West Virginia conducted voter registration drives in the month of October. Secretary of State Mac Warner said these drives show the, “level of commitment school administrators have for the civic engagement of our youngest voters."

The Secretary’s Office recognizes high schools who register 100 percent of their students. Those schools will receive the Jennings Randolph Award. The award is named for former U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph from West Virginia, who in 1971 helped pass the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That legislation lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

Last school year, a record high of 16 high schools across the Mountain State earned the Jennings Randolph award. Another 14 voter registration drives are being planned in the month of November.