Clerk White Goes Back to School
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​Feb. 21, 2012


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​Angie Nussmeyer, 317.327.5099
Clerk White Goes Back to School

High School Outreach Program Encourages Civic Involvement

 
INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Clerk Beth White kicks off the eighth semester of yVote!, an outreach program aimed at educating high school students about the election process and registering them to vote.
“Encouraging students to be an active, lifetime participant in our democratic process begins at an early age,” Clerk White said. “I want our young people to be prepared when they go to the polls for the first time and believe yVote! gives them the tools they need to succeed.”
 
Launched in 2008, yVote! brings an Election Day experience to Marion County classrooms. Clerk White and her staff offer a basic civics lesson to high school students, giving them a hands-on demonstration with the county’s voting equipment. Plus, eligible students can register to vote for the first time – and this includes 17-year-olds.
 
Indiana law permits 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before the November 6, 2012 general election to participate in the May primary election. A special 17-year-old ballot is printed, which allows students to nominate candidates for the general election but excludes the party contests for precinct committeeperson and state convention delegate.
 
All Marion County high schools are invited to participate. Since its launch in 2008, more than 20 public, private and charter high schools have participated in yVote! and nearly 2,000 eligible students have registered to vote. To learn more or to register your school, call Patrick Becker at (317) 327-2050.
 
To date, seven schools have registered for the spring 2012 yVote! program:
Lawrence Central High School - February 22
Lutheran High School - February 29
Beech Grove High School - March 1 & 2
Pacers Academy - March 2
Northwest High School - March 5
Warren Central High School - March 7
Calvary Christian School - March 19
 
*Note to reporters – If you would like to coordinate a visit with one of the schools, please contact our office so we can get permission from the school.
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