In partnership with Future Leaders of America, the League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara (LWVSB) will visit local high schools to offer voter sign-up for eligible 18-year-old students, and pre-registration to eligible 16- and 17-year-olds.
California youth who pre-register to vote will have their registration become active once they turn 18 years old. Pre-registration provides sufficient time and opportunity to get ready to vote.
Starting in October, the Santa Barbara League and Future Leaders are teaming up to offer the free community service in recognition of National Voter Registration Day (NVRD).
NVRD is a nonpartisan civic holiday when organizations come together to register hundreds of thousands of voters on a single day during the third week of September.
With members in all 50 states and 700 communities, the national League of Women Voters organization has been the largest on-the-ground partner since the inception of NVRD in 2012.
“Since this year’s National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 19 was early in the 2023 school year, Future Leaders of America had not yet organized their groups or set up events for this school year,” explained Revae Moran, Voter Service co-chair for the LWVSB.
“We are extending the spirit of Voter Registration Day by having voter sign-up tables in October to register and pre-register students during lunch time at Santa Barbara, Dos Pueblos, San Marcos and Carpinteria high schools,” she said.
The LWVSB did partner with Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics to register voters and help people check their voter registration status on Sept. 19, Moran said.
Future Leaders of America was established in 1982 to develop youth resiliency and leadership, and create long-lasting systemic change by empowering and mobilizing youth leaders to advocate for policies that improve their lives and the lives of their peers and their communities.
LWVSB is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization of volunteers that encourages all community members to play an activist role in upholding the ideals of democracy. Its aim is to ensure everyone who is eligible is registered to vote, and that when they vote, they are well-informed.
Community members interested in helping to register and pre-register student voters in October can email Revae Moran at VoterService@lwvsantabarbara.org.