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September 19, 2017


 Secretary of State Alex Padilla to Visit Santa Maria High School


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY – Secretary of State Alex Padilla will visit Santa Maria High School on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 as part of High School Voter Education Weeks

Secretary of State Padilla will be joined by Senator Hannah Beth Jackson to discuss the importance of voter registration and the role young people can play in shaping the future through civic participation. 

Secretary Padilla recently announced a new back-to-school pre-registration toolkit. Eligible 16- and 17-year-olds can pre-register to vote, and have their voter registration automatically become active when they turn 18. The toolkit includes a new “Our Time is Now” PSA video urging 16- and 17- year olds to pre-register to vote as well as sample social media posts, downloadable posters, brochures, and useful links for school districts to share with students.  

The California Education Code designates the last two full weeks in April and September to be High School Voter Education Weeks. This provides an opportunity for high schools and their students to partner with elections officials to promote civic education and participation on campus and foster an environment that cultivates lifelong voters and active citizens. 

Click here for resources and more information about High School Voter Education Weeks 

*Media wishing to attend should RSVP to 


Secretary of State Alex Padilla
State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson 


Wednesday, September 20, 2017
9:30 a.m. 


Santa Maria High School
901 South Broadway
Santa Maria CA, 93455


Secretary Padilla: Jesse Melgar (916) 701-3753
Santa Maria High School: Kenny Klein (805) 709-1454,

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