North Shore Indivisible believes the path to civic engagement and being in control of our government is to vote. Our deputy voter registrars conduct non-partisan voter registration for voters in Illinois. We have a strong civic interest in helping young people, who are just becoming eligible to vote, to exercise this most important franchise and develop a life-long habit of voting in every local, state and national election. Here are some things you may want to know about voter registration for high school students:
High School Voter Registration Drive Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can register to vote?
To register to vote, students must be 18 years old by November 6, 2018. Yes, 17 year-olds who meet this requirement can vote in primary elections before their 18th birthday.
- Do students need parental permission to register to vote?
No, but parents should be notified that the voter registration drive is happening.
- What do students need to register to vote?
Students need 2 forms of identification. Valid identification includes a driver’s license, state ID, student ID, paycheck. One identification must have current address on it. No photo is necessary.
- How can we best prepare students to register to vote?
The best thing you can do is get students excited to register to vote and make sure they have everything they need to register. We recommend sending a notification home to parents and incorporating the registration drive into the school announcements cadence. We recommend including the drive in the announcements, a week out, 3 days out, and the day before. Make sure to emphasize that each student will need 2 forms of ID to register.
- How can students get more involved to promote the registration drive?
Peer encouragement goes a long way with young people. We would happily work with student groups to promote the voter registration drive.
- What social media tools can I use to promote the event?
We are using the hashtag #MyVoiceMyVote to promote voter registration on social media.