By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: April 15, 2019 | 3:15 p.m.
VIRGINIA – April 21–27 officially marks the fourth annual Virginia High School Student Voter Registration Week.
The event, according to Governor Ralph Northam’s office, is geared to encouraging high school students, teachers, and administrators across the Commonwealth to conduct voter registration drives at their schools.
Both Sussex County and Surry County School administrations expressed enthusiasm about the statewide, concerted effort to encourage young people to register and vote.
“Superintendent Jarrett, Principal Matthews, and I have always supported efforts to get our eligible seniors registered to vote,” said Sussex County Assistant School Superintendent Julius Hamlin. “This annual HS voter registration challenge is an excellent way to build excitement as our young adults begin to harness and exercise their U.S. Constitutional Twenty-Sixth Amendment rights.”
Dr. Serbrenia Sims, Assistant Superintendent of Surry County Schools, said, “We’re looking forward to it! As in the past, we will be participating in this concerted effort to urge students to register and use their right to vote as both an excellent way to emphasize the importance of voting and to encourage young people to realize that their voices do matter.”
Secretary of Administration Dr. Keyanna Conner echoed the sentiment, saying, “We are excited about commemorating the fourth annual High School Voter Student Registration Week, and we hope to encourage Virginia’s students to become informed and involved in the voting process. The Governor’s Challenge is a tremendous opportunity to educate young Virginians about the importance of exercising their constitutional right to vote.”
Eligible Virginians who will be 18-years-old by the next general election can register now and vote in the upcoming primary elections and all subsequent elections. Virginians can also register online through the Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal, the Department of Motor Vehicles, their local general registrar’s office, or a voter registration drive.
The deadline to register to vote for the statewide primary elections for legislative offices is Monday, May 20, 2019.