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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Constitution Day learning opportunity: NC Pre-registration Law and Voter Registration

High schools...thinking about Constitution Day yet?

Here's a great way to celebrate. Teach students about the constitutional rights and responsibilities of voter registration, and then have students actually register to vote!

In North Carolina, September is Citizens Voter Registration Awareness Month. The Governor's office asks that each high school hold a voter registration drive. We suggest you do this in conjunction with Constitution Day. 

In North Carolina, students who are 16 or 17 years old are allowed to pre-register to vote. What's more, students who will be 18 by Election Day (November 8) can register to vote in this year's election. Of course, students who are already 18 are eligible to register and vote.

Our partners at the Board of Elections and Civic Education Consortium make this a fun, easy learning opportunity:

  • Set up a voter registration event in the month of September. Contact Kristin Mavromatis at the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections for more information.The BOE will provide materials and instructions - everything students need to register.
  • Use these educational resources (if that link doesn't work use this one go to bottom of page) to instruct your class on voter registration. The Civic Education Consortium offers 2 lessons and a powerpoint, aligned to NCSCOS and ready to use.