New York State has recently allowed students aged 16 and 17 to pre-register to vote.
In an effort to help students easily register and raise awareness about the importance of democracy, Baldwin High School held a pre-registration drive for all 11th and 12th grade students.
Students Sadye Arlin, Jacob Issac, Kaela Brown and Sophia Smyth from the Principal’s Student Leadership Group came up with the idea and worked with Dr. Neil Testa, high school principal, Ursula Moorer, high school math teacher, and Dr. Ricky Papandrea, supervisor of social studies for grades six through 12, to organize the event.
They also created a public service announcement that was shown in Social Studies classes to encourage students to register.
Juniors and seniors had the opportunity to complete a voter registration form and return it to their teachers. The applications were then mailed to the Nassau County Board of Elections by the high school staff.
In addition, the Principal’s Student Leadership Group also designed a T-shirt to further promote voting that students and staff will be able to purchase and wear during future elections.
The drive succeeded in pre-registering a majority of the high school students, as well as educating them on the history of voting.