High School Student Voter Registration
For general voter registration information see here.
Students who will be 18 by November 7, 2017 can register to vote now. If they register before the May 22nd deadline, they will be able to vote in the June primaries + even if they are not yet 18. Students are eligible if they are United States citizens and Virginia residents. Students who have a Virginia driver's license or ID can also register to vote online by using the Virginia Department of Elections citizens' portal.
Do you know that almost 10% of paper registration ballots get rejected? It's easy to skip a box. Students are also not used to filling out government forms and think that writing in pink or green pen or even in pencil (it works for the SAT!) will suffice. Blue or black ink works best. Students also forget to turn in the forms.
Do you know that the League of Women Voters of Fairfax can help register your students? Whether within Fairfax County Public Schools or at private high schools, we are available to assist your school in registering eligible students. We are happy to come into the school to register students + whether coming into the lunchroom, during homeroom, before or after school, at sports' events, a senior day -- whatever is convenient for you.
The League will be hosting Candidate Forums in the fall of 2017 and we welcome student participation. We update this section of our website with opportunities: https://www.lwv-fairfax.org/highschoolvolunteers/
We also hold forums on issues as well. We are also looking for locations to host the Candidate Forums. If your school would like to learn more about hosting a forum, please contact our Executive Director, Beth Tudan.
Resources for High School Teachers
We have many nonpartisan, Fairfax County specific resources that you could use for your classrooms, including:
- Fairfax County and Virginia Specific Studies/ Publications
- LWV of Fairfax Voters Guides
- General Voting Information
- Information for College Students (a must have for those going away to college)
- 2017 Facts for Voters