2018 FCPS High School Voter Registration Challenge
Voting is a fundamental civic duty and right of all eligible U.S. citizens and one of the primary ways we make our voices heard. For youths who come of voting age, it is an important rite of passage. This Challenge aims to help ensure that the torch of civic engagement is passed on to the next generation of voters. We are each responsible for the health of our democracy.
The LWVFA has teamed up with Inspire VA and the FCCPTA to create this challenge.
What is the Challenge?
FCPS Schools will challenge each other to register the highest percentage of voters.
Schools should aim to half of their senior class by May 21st, 2018. (May 21st is the Voter Registration deadline for the June 2018 Primary).
Schools with the highest percentage of registered eligible students win!
What’s the prize?
- Schools which register 65% or more of their eligible students will receive a lovely plaque.
- The top three schools with the highest percentages will receive trophies.
- First place will receive a 2017-18 Voter Registration Challenge banner (and bragging rights).
How do schools register for the Challenge?
All FCPS Schools have their own unique URL, so we can track registrations. To actively work with us to participate in the Challenge, fill out the survey here.
Please contact Beth Tudan, firstname.lastname@example.org, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area, or Morgan O’Toole, Regional Director of Inspire VA, email@example.com.
Who can participate?
All Fairfax County Public Schools.
What are the prerequisites for registering to vote in Virginia?
- U.S. citizen
- A resident of Virginia
- 17 year olds who will turn 18 on or before the next general election (November 6th, 2018) can register now (The math is easy this year -- anyone born or on before November 6th, 2000).
- Must have had their rights restored if have committed a felony.
Click on the name of your high school below. The link takes you directly to the site of the Virginia Department of Elections where you can register to vote.
By registering via your unique link, your school will get credit towards the Challenge! That's how we will keep track of how many students you have registered.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Our school would like to participate, but we have many students whose parents are in the military and hold residency in other states. Should these students participate?
A: Yes, these students should participate, but they need to talk to their parents to see where their parents would like them to register to vote. The students can fill out a survey, pledging that they have registered in another state. We will then count them as participating.
Q: Where can students register in another state?
A: To register in another state, visit the League of Women Voters of the US' one stop shop for voter information, http://www.vote411.org/register
Q: Our school has students who were born in other countries and are not yet US citizens.
A: Many FCPS schools have a good many foreign born students. Discuss the importance of registering to vote when they do become citizens.
Q: I heard that 17 year olds can vote in Virginia. That's not true, is it?
A: Yes, it is true -- seventeen year olds who are registered to vote can indeed vote in primaries in Virginia as long as they will be 18 by the General Election. In 2018, the primaries for the federal elections will be held on June ??
Since primary voters decide which candidates run in the General Election, that makes sense, no?
Q. Where can I find more information about voter registration in Virginia?
A. Visit here: https://www.lwv-fairfax.org/voter-information/
High School Voter Registration Drives
For more about high school voter registration drives, click here.