Today is Voter Registration Day at Newark Public Schools
Published October 11, 2018 | Brick City Live
More than 1,000 Newark high school seniors will turn 18 by November 6th, making them eligible to vote in this year’s midterm elections. Newark Public Schools Superintendent Roger Leon is using this moment as a civics education opportunity with today’s Senior Voter Registration Day, when eligible students will be encouraged to register to vote en masse.
Voting is said to be habit-forming, and encouraging young people to vote can increase the likelihood they will become lifelong voters. A year 2000 Cambridge University study based on United States voting data found that a person who voted in previous presidential elections was up to 36.4 percentage points more likely to vote in subsequent elections.
Youth voting can also have a “trickle up” effect: a 2018 study found that parents are more likely to vote when their live-in children do.
Leon thinks Newark schools are well positioned to facilitate this habit. “It is our duty and responsibility to give students a strong civics lesson and a sound foundation for understanding the electoral process,” said Leon, according to a statement about the event. “The Senior Voter Registration Day will begin what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to voter education, awareness and voting.”
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Each participating Newark high school has identified voting-age students to take part in assemblies throughout the day before being given the opportunity to register. A critical mass of voting-age students are enrolled at four high schools: Barringer High School, Science Park High School, East Side High School and Central High School. Each of those four schools has more than 200 voting-age students.
On November 6th, Newarkers will vote to elect candidates for a New Jersey U.S. Senate seat and 10th District U.S. Congressional seat, plus Essex County Sheriff and Essex County Executive.