School Board Encourages Participation of Young Voters

LOS ANGELES (April 12, 2016) –  Acknowledging a turnout of just 11 percent in the last general election, the Board of Education on Tuesday approved a resolution that will provide voter registration cards to all high schools seniors and also encourage voter registration during graduation activities.

In addition, the District will ensure that voter guides and materials, in English and other languages are made available at all of its high schools, adult schools and parent centers. Employees and staff will be encouraged to visit these sites on Sept. 27 to register voters and raise awareness about the importance of participating in the election process.

The deadline is Oct. 24 for Californians to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election.

“LAUSD students, parents and school communities have been the deciding factor in every election calling for better schools, safer neighborhoods and a more responsive government, both locally and nationally,” said School Board Member Mónica García. “Register to vote because our children who cannot are counting on you.”

Added Dr. George McKenna, the board’s vice president, “Having grown up in a community in Louisiana where African-Americans were excluded from voting, I cannot overemphasize the importance of the ballot. People lost their lives so that we can vote. As part of this process, we are expecting high school principals to include voter registration information in the graduation packages.”

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

 

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