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May 14, 2008

Secretary of State Markowitz calls on Vermont high schools to register 18 year-old students.

Swanton. Today, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz kicked off High School Voter Registration Week by participating in a voter registration drive at Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton. Secretary Markowitz said, “Schools need to prepare students to become engaged citizens.” Vermont’s High School Voter Registration Week was established to teach students about the importance of voting, and to encourage Vermont high schools to register their 18 year-olds to vote before they leave school.

Markowitz said, “I applaud the efforts of our high school teachers and administrators to ensure that every Vermont student understands the importance of participating in the political process. Registering students during High School Voter Registration Week is critical to ensuring that our young people vote.”

With support from the Secretary of State’s Office, and help from teachers, town clerks, public officials, and organizations like the Vermont League of Women Voters, registration drives will take place in many high schools across the state between May 14 and May 21. Other high schools will use this time to plan and schedule registration drives for another time. Several Vermont schools have a tradition of incorporating voter registration into the graduation ceremony.

Secretary of Markowitz said, “Students find it difficult to register while away at college, the military, or while working. We know from experience that Vermont’s young people are more likely to vote if they register before they leave high school. We hope many students take advantage of this chance to be registered and ready for the next election.”

For more information about this program contact Missy Shea at 802-828-1296 or visit the Secretary of State’s website at

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: May 14, 2008 13:36:10