Lincoln-Way Central social sciences to host Voter Registration DriveFriday, September 23, 2016
From Monday, September 26 until Wednesday, October 5, the Lincoln-Way Central social science department will help students register to vote. Students who will be 18 years of age before November 8, 2016 are encouraged to visit classroom E-204 in Lincoln-Way Central High School between 7:00 a.m. and first period.
The goal of the Voter Registration Drive is to encourage every eligible voter to voice his or her opinion in the election.
"With voter turnouts amongst youth voters around 20%, our goal is not to encourage students towards one particular party, but to let them know that as a citizen they can educate and involve themselves in the process," says Deputy Registrar and teacher, Ryan Pohlmann.
With the support of Marty Dykas and the social science department, teachers Ryan Pohlmann, Jason DeWolf, and student-teacher Tyler Jackson are busy preparing for the drive and helping students spread the word. Students will be creating voter campaign advertisements to encourage current seniors to register to vote and to vote on Election Day. Students will also make informational posters regarding early voting, voting by mail, and provisional voting.
In order to register to vote, students must have two forms of identification. Suggested forms are listed below:
-Employee ID/Student ID
-A piece of mail noting the student’s current address
-Social Security Card
Students must be a United States Citizen, must be 18 years old on the date immediately following the General Election, and must be a resident of their Precinct.
“Voting is a learned behavior. Hopefully this will encourage our young people to participate in the democratic process,” says teacher, Jason DeWolf.