The League of Women Voters is coming to the high school. What do YOU need to know?
Suffrage- or the right to vote, is strongly expressed in The United States Constitution. A few different groups of people, from women to African-Americans have fought for this right and have had their own social movements in order to achieve it. The history of voting fuels the democracy in this country and is an extremely important part of upholding it, which is why young people are encouraged to vote before they are at the legal age of 18 to do so.
In the state of Ohio, people who are 17 years old and will be 18 years on or before the general election are able to register to vote and are eligible to vote in primary elections. However, according to the Voter Registration Age Requirements of Ohio, they cannot vote on “…issues or party central committees” until they are 18 years of age. With the Ohio primary coming up on March 17, 2020, it is important that students at PHS are aware of what their options are in terms of voting and steps to take in order to register.
According to the League of Women Voters of Ohio, a nonpartisan political organization, their mission is to inform and encourage activity in politics and lobby for policy changes. The League will be attending Perrysburg High School on February 5, 2020, to guide students through the registration process, as well as finding a local polling place and inform students on important voting dates.
The list of students at PHS who will be old enough to vote in the Presidential election on November 3, 2020, is approximately 550 students. This list of students includes 17-year-olds who will turn 18 of age on or before Election Day.
Make sure to visit the League of Women Voters at lunches on Thursday, February 5th to register!
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