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Student Voter Registration Day

Student Voter Registration Day

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    Teen voter registration (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)

    Twenty-five million people under the age of 30 voted in the 2020 presidential election. That’s the highest it has ever been, both in raw numbers and percentage of eligible voters. As one of the largest voter blocs in the country, politicians want and need as much of the “Gen Z'' vote as they can get. So naturally, politicians are thinking, where can we find the youth?

    On social media, of course.

    Yet, as New York City’s 2021 election cycle has drawn to a close, local

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     Students participating in Civics Week (Mayor's Office)

    In March, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, New York City held its second annual “Civics Week,” which sought to pre-register and register high school and college students to vote.

    Given the law passed last year by the State Legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, 16- and 17-year-olds are now allowed to pre-register to vote, with their registration kicking in as soon as they turn the voting age of 18 and making high schools more ripe for registration efforts.


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    The city focused on student voter registration (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    As fears of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) mounted, but before Mayor Bill de Blasio made the monumental decision to close the city’s schools for at least five weeks, New York City government held its second annual Civics Week to encourage civic participation and voter registration among students.

    After a new law passed last year to allow it, the city focused this year’s Civics Week on pre-registering 16- and 17-year-olds to vote, beginning with such a voter registration

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    CM Rosenthal addresses students (photo: Cici Chen)

    NEW YORK - The 2013 New York City mayoral election’s record low 24 percent voter turnout rate is largely reflective of and dragged down by 11 percent youth voter participation. This especially paltry turnout among voters 18- to 29-years-old has spurred advocates and policy-makers to act. Friday saw the city’s first Student Voter Registration Day (...