High school re­ceives state hon­ors for voter reg­is­tra­tion achieve­ment

The Southern Berks News - - LOCAL NEWS -

Act­ing Penn­syl­va­nia Sec­re­tary of State Robert Tor­res re­cently hon­ored Gover­nor Mif­flin High School stu­dents for ef­forts that led to voter reg­is­tra­tion of nearly 90 per­cent of the school’s el­i­gi­ble stu­dents.

“The Gover­nor’s Civic En­gage­ment Award rec­og­nizes young lead­ers for their com­mit­ment to ed­u­cat­ing and en­gag­ing their class­mates in the elec­toral process,” Tor­res said. “Their en­thu­si­asm is in­spir­ing and con­ta­gious.”

The award is a co­op­er­a­tive ef­fort by the De­part­ments of Ed­u­ca­tion and State, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Inspire U.S., a non­profit, non­par­ti­san or­ga­ni­za­tion that works to trans­form young lead­ers’ in­spi­ra­tion into ac­tion. The pro­gram offers re­sources and guid­ance for stu­dent lead­ers as they ed­u­cate their peers re­gard­ing the elec­toral process and the im­por­tance of civic en­gage­ment.

Qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the award is mea­sured by the per­cent­age of voter regis­tra­tions among a school’s el­i­gi­ble stu­dent pop­u­la­tion. Stu­dents may reg­is­ter to vote if they are 18 years of age or will turn 18 on or be­fore the date of the next pri­mary, spe­cial, mu­nic­i­pal, or gen­eral elec­tion.

Schools that at­tain 85 per­cent voter reg­is­tra­tion among their el­i­gi­ble stu­dent pop­u­la­tion will qual­ify for the Gold Level award, while those that reg­is­ter 65 per­cent will be hon­ored with the Sil­ver Level award. Gover­nor Mif­flin High School achieved 89-per­cent reg­is­tra­tion of el­i­gi­ble stu­dents.

The Gover­nor’s Civic En­gage­ment Award was in­sti­tuted at the be­gin­ning of the 2017-18 school year. Since then, 15 schools have qual­i­fied for the award.

High schools can sign up di­rectly with Inspire U.S., which will sup­port stu­dent lead­ers as they co­or­di­nate peer-to-peer voter reg­is­tra­tion drives and ef­forts to get out the vote. Inspire U.S. also as­sists with ma­te­ri­als and data man­age­ment, and in or­ga­niz­ing school cel­e­bra­tions and recog­ni­tion events.

More in­for­ma­tion about the award is avail­able on the Depart­ment of State web­site.

For more in­for­ma­tion on voter reg­is­tra­tion, please call the Depart­ment of State’s toll-free hot­line at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-8683772) or visit votesPA.com.

Printer-friendly Penn­syl­va­nia voter ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als can be found on the Depart­ment of State’s votespa.com web­site.

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