Every vote counts: League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro Registering High School Students to Vote
Wichita, KS April 3, 2019 — Young people are ready to roll up their sleeves to build a stronger America and the League of Women Voters Wichita-Metro is taking advantage of this energy. LWV members will provide 18-year-old students across Sedgwick County with the opportunity to register to vote as members visit high schools this spring.
Young people are an increasingly influential part of the electorate. In 2016, Americans under 30 represented nearly a quarter of the overall American electorate, yet nearly half did not vote. In Sedgwick County 18 to 24-year-olds make up 25% of our population, but only 9% of those under 25 are registered voters.
Goddard High School was the first stop on March 27 with 20 new voters registered. Volunteers from the League of Women Voters plan to visit all of the public high schools in Sedgwick County and Hutchinson High School. Students who will be 18 by November 5 and are citizens can register to vote.
“We’re thrilled to have worked with the dedicated faculty and staff at Goddard High School to make sure students know their rights and know the critical role they play in our community’s future,” said Carole Neal, the LWV’s Voter Service Chair. “Students were excited to have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming election and we can’t wait to see them at the polls in November.”
“Your vote is your voice and we encourage everyone who is eligible to make their voice heard on Election Day. From the president down to our local school boards, elected officials have incredible power over policies that affect our families and our future.” added Pat Reinhold, LWV C0-President.
The League of Women Voters is non-partisan. For information about registering to vote or getting involved, contact us: Info@lwvwichita.org.