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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: December 20, 2022 11:56 AM
From: Representative Melissa L. Shusterman
To: All House members
Subject: High School Voter Registration
In Pennsylvania, more than 736,000 registered voters are between the ages of 18 and 24.[1]  This age group represents the newest crop of eligible voters in the state.  As our existing voting population continues to age, we must do more to inspire the next generation of voters to participate in our democracy.  Other states have encouraged voter registration in their high schools, and we can do the same.
For these reasons, I plan to introduce legislation to allow high schools across the state to designate a faculty member as being responsible for voter registration efforts during the school year.  The faculty member must also choose a student to lead registration efforts, thus involving a peer to better relate to students eligible for voter registration.  Schools must ensure that voter registration efforts remain nonpartisan.
This is a commonsense proposal to increase voter registration among our young people, the future of our democracy.  Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to ensure that civic engagement begins at a young age.