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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Loudoun Election Officials Welcome More than 2,640 Students as New Voters

Photo of students who participated in voter registration drive
Loudoun County election officials are celebrating the success of their High School Voter Registration Program, which resulted in voter registration applications from 2,647 high school students, an increase of about 260 students over last year’s effort. The Office of Elections and Voter Registration partners annually with the Loudoun County Public Schools in the spring registration drive, which also includes outreach to students about the election process, including how to vote absentee. 

“The Office of Elections is honored to be able to work with the schools, including the fantastic teaching staff, assistant principals and principals who make this program happen each year in Loudoun County,” said General Registrar Judy Brown. “We are also thankful for the Patriot Partners who dedicate their time to help with the High School Voter Registration Program that provides Loudoun County youth the opportunity to register to vote, learn about absentee voting and the importance of voting.”  

Brown said that the office’s Outreach Coordinator, Jennifer Beckley, along with volunteers from the Patriot Partners voter outreach group, visited 14 high schools in Loudoun County this spring. They were also able to register students at C.S. Monroe Technology Center who were missed when the program was presented at their home school. 

To be eligible to vote in Loudoun, a person must be a native or naturalized citizen of the United States, a resident of Virginia and at least 18 years of age by the day of the next general election.

The newly-registered students will be eligible to vote in the June 12, 2018, primary election in Loudoun. The last day to register to vote for the June primary is May 21, 2018. Information about the upcoming election can be found at www.loudoun.gov/vote.

Voters may also text LCVOTES to 888777 to receive text alerts from the Office of Elections and Voter Registration about election and voting-related information. In addition, an Election Update category is available to subscribers of Alert Loudoun, the county’s email and text notification system.

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Pictured above: Heritage High School seniors Holly Foxhall, left, and Sawyer Zelman, right, who participated in the voter registration drive.

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