Ventura County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters Mark Lunn encourages local schools to participate in High School Voter Education Weeks. Lunn stated, “High School Voter Education Weeks provides an opportunity for educators to highlight the electoral process and build excitement among future voters.”
The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with county elections officials to promote civic education and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens. This year, High School Voter Education Weeks began September 17 and continues through September 28.
The Ventura County Elections Division contacted high schools throughout the county to provide information and recommendations to recognize High School Voter Education Weeks. Schools can hold a mock election, nominate students for the County’s Student Poll Worker Program, or coordinate a voter registration drive on campus.
In recent years, Ventura County Elections has implemented several programs to encourage civic engagement including creating a mobile app, launching a texting program, and offering pre-registration to 16 and 17-year olds, making them automatically eligible to vote on their 18th birthday.
For more information on programs, High School Voter Education Weeks, or to partner with local elections officials, visit http://www.venturavote.org or call the Elections Division at (805) 654-2664.