From February through April, 2023, 50 classroom presentations reached 1042 Allegheny and Westmoreland County high school students resulting in over 400 student voter registrations. The newest nonpartisan, 40-minute presentation, "Why Vote", combines civic education with voter registration.
In total, over 4000 high school students have been reached by High School Outreach over six years, with about 2500 new voter registrations completed.
Moving to online registration through trackable QR codes (Turbovote.org, and then Rockthevote.org) we currently track "probable voter registrations". The advantage of these voter registration platforms is that multiple and ongoing reminder text messages about voter registration status and each current election are sent to the students who sign up.
For the second year in August, "Happy 18th Birthday" posters with trackable QR codes (see panel below) were distributed to all public high schools and CTE schools in five counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland. This project empowers students to complete voter registration just as soon as they become eligible and has been duplicated by Leagues across the US. Monthly emails to high school staff share resources and current voter and election information.
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