Rodriguez Visits High Schools on National Voter Registration Day

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Contact: Laura Stromberg Hoke

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Rep. Rodriguez Visits High Schools on National Voter Registration Day

Texas Youth Among Lowest Turnout in Nation

September 21, 2015 – AUSTIN – On September 22, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez will visit the three high schools to encourage students turning 18 to register to vote as part of National Voter Registration Day.

Rodriguez will speak to students at Del Valle High School, Travis High School and Eastside Memorial High School about the importance of getting registered in time.

In 2012, Texas had some of the lowest voter turnout in the country for young people ages 18-29. Texas turnout for this age category was at 29.6 percent compared to 45 percent nationwide. Early estimates for the 2014 midterm elections show that only about one in five youth nationally are showing up at the polls.

“Young people in Texas have some of the lowest voter turnout in the nation, and we have to take a look at the reasons,” said Rep. Eddie Rodriguez. “Making sure our youngest voters are registered to vote is one of the most important things we can do for our future as a democracy.”

Nationally, only 21.5 percent of youth (ages 18-29) voted in the 2014 midterm elections, according to early estimates. That means only 13% of votes cast in the 2014 midterm elections were cast by young people. (Statistics by state are not yet available for 2014 elections.)

Texas’ election code requires high schools to designate a “high school deputy registrar” to distribute registration forms to students who are or will be turning 18 years old by election day.

“Getting students to the polls means making sure they are registered in time,” Rodriguez said. “That starts here. Our public schools are one of the first places students will learn about democracy and the importance of voting.”

Rodriguez will visit Del Valle High School from 8:30am-9:20am, Travis High School from 10:30am-11:00am and Eastside Memorial High School from 2:00pm-3:00pm.

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