Town of Carrboro
Voter Registration Day and Youth Voter Registration Initative Proclamation

Mayor Lavelle Proclaims September 25, 2018 as Voter Registration Day and Youth Voter Registration Initiative


Town of Carrboro Mayor Lavelle proclaimed September 25, 2018 as “Voter Registration Day and supports the efforts of a “Youth Voter Registration Initiative” at Carrboro High School.  Mayor Lavelle would like to challenge all students at Carrboro High School and throughout Carrboro to not only register themselves to vote, but to better urge their friends and family members who are not yet registered to vote to do so. You can read the proclamation below. 

 Voter Registration Day and Youth Voter Registration Initiative Proclamation

WHEREAS, the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida prompted a powerful national youth organizing movement, one through which young people are inspiring their peers to effect change through democratic engagement; and
 
WHEREAS, voting is one of the most effective ways young people can make their voices heard; and
 
WHEREAS, despite this, fewer than one in five 18-29 year olds vote, and only about half of young Americans are even registered to vote.; and
 
WHEREAS, empowerment begins with civic engagement, such as participation in the electoral process; and
 
WHEREAS, teachers and administrators in Carrboro are strongly encouraged to discuss the importance of civic involvement, voting, and the democratic process with their students; and
 
WHEREAS, the November 6, 2018 election will have a critical impact on residents and students of Carrboro, as well as the entire state of North Carolina, with six proposed amendments to the North Carolina Constitution on the ballot, as well as numerous local and statewide offices; and
 
WHEREAS, to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen, and at least 18 years of age by the date of the November 6 general election; and
 
WHEREAS, North Carolina General Statute § 163A-888 encourages voter registration at public high schools, stating that “[e]very public high school shall make available to its students and others who are eligible to register to vote the application forms described in G.S. 163A-862, and shall keep a sufficient
supply of the forms so that they are always available [;]” and
 
WHEREAS, increased participation of younger voters will significantly impact the future of our
democracy.
 
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that I, Lydia E. Lavelle, Mayor of the Town of Carrboro, North Carolina, hereby proclaim September 25th 2018 as Voter Registration Day and support the efforts of a Youth Voter Registration Initiative at Carrboro High School. I challenge all students at Carrboro High School and throughout Carrboro to not only register themselves to vote, but to urge their friends and family members who are not yet registered to vote to do so. 
 
 
This the 25th day of September 2018

 




 

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