New York City on Monday, May 21 celebrated its first-ever citywide Student Voter Registration Day, which aims to help register all eligible students who are 18 or will turn 18 by November 6.
“Young people across the nation have been speaking up loudly for their values. To sustain real change, we must bring that activism to the ballot box,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Our first-ever citywide student voter registration day will help more young people get involved in the civic process and make our democracy stronger.”
Locally, Fort Hamilton High School participated.
“Now more than ever it’s important that young people get registered and exercise their right to vote. New York consistently ranks as one of the worst voting turnout states in the nation and that’s where the youth vote can make a significant impact on our future,” said Councilmember Justin Brannan, who stopped by Fort Hamilton on Monday. “It is my hope that these new voters will lead the way in rejuvenating voter participation in our city.”
The day is a part of the city’s Civics for All initiative announced earlier this year.