TALLAHASEE, Fla. – Madeline Feiock had a good reason to skip school.
The 18-year-old presented her idea to devote two school days to pre-voter registration to the Florida School Board Association on a recent Thursday. If the school board group or the Florida Association of District School Superintendents signs on, districts will easily be able to adopt her proposal.
As the 2020 presidential election approaches, who young Americans will vote for – and whether they will vote at all – will play a big role in the outcome. American teens who will be 18 by Election Day can preregister to vote, with 14 states, including Florida, and the District of Columbia specifically allowing teens to preregister once they turn 16, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Some states are working to let students preregister right from their schools.
In California, the last two full weeks in April and September are designated as High School Voter Education Weeks. During these weeks, schools are encouraged to partner with county elections officials to get young people engaged in the voting process.
Additionally, the Los Angeles Unified School District unanimously passed a resolution in September to distribute voter registration cards to all high school seniors, and the city hosted a contest where schools that hosted voter registration drives could win a performance at the school by pop artist Billie Eilish.
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