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Voting: A Rite of Passage

According to data from the US Census and the state of California, 5 million of the more than 25 million people who were eligible to vote in the 2018 elections did not. With its 2019 Youth Voter Registration Project, the League of Women Voters of Mendocino County (LWVMC) is aiming to get more people, especially youth, to the polls. "We want to make voter registration a rite of passage for all students," says LWVMC Co-President Cindy Plank. The idea is to build on schools' civic education by encouraging high school, community college, and vocational school students to register to vote and teaching them to register their peers.

"We want to reach as many students as possible, and in particular, to do what we can to mitigate the widespread disparities in youth voting among Latinos, African Americans, and young people with no college experience," says County Superintendent of Schools Michelle Hutchins.

This non-partisan, grant-funded project will not include support for any political campaigns or specific legislation.

In March and April, LWVMC volunteers will be presenting information in classrooms, and will encourage civics teachers to share voter registration information in the event that a classroom presentation cannot be scheduled. To learn more about this project and/or to donate, contact Cindy Plank at 357-4282 or via email at cindyplank@gmail.com. To register to vote, visit VOTE411.org.

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