For Planning Purposes
April 17, 2018
LOS ANGELES – Following his recent announcement that over 100,000 pre-registrations have been completed by 16- and 17-year olds since the launch of California’s pre-registration program, Secretary of State Alex Padilla kicks off High School Voter Education Weeks (April 16-27) with a visit to North Hollywood High School on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
Secretary Padilla will discuss the importance of voter registration and the role young people can play in shaping the future through civic participation. Nearly 1,000 students are expected to attend. Secretary of State staff will help students register and pre-register to vote.
As the June 5 Primary is fast approaching, students turning 18 on or before June 5 will have an opportunity to register and cast their first ballot this summer. 16- and 17-year-olds can pre-register to vote, and have their registration automatically activated when they turn 18.
Secretary Padilla recently launched a High School Civic Engagement Portal, HighSchool.sos.ca.gov. High school students can learn more about pre-registration, find out how to be a student poll worker, get resources to host a Student Mock Election on their campus, and learn how to organize voter registration drives on their campuses during High School Voter Education Weeks.
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.
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Wednesday, April 18
9:00 - 10:15am
North Hollywood High School
5231 Colfax Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Assembly and rally with Secretary of State Padilla and students.
Voter registration/pre-registration drive, with students using tablets and paper forms to register to vote.
Secretary Padilla and students will be available for interviews.
Secretary Padilla: Jesse Melgar (213) 797-9920
LA Unified School District: Office of Communications, (213) 241-6766