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Virginia pushing to get 17-year-olds registered to vote

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) -   17-year olds can register to vote in Virginia as long as they will be 18 on or before the next general election.   They may also vote in any primary elections, leading up to it.  More than as 9,152 17 year-olds voted in the March 1st Presidential Primary.

April 24-30, 2016 is Virginia High School Registration Week to encourage students and teachers across the Commonwealth to hold voter registration drives at schools.  Virginia leaders say young people are more likely to register and vote when they have friends who help with the process and the earlier someone votes the more likely they are to become a lifetime voter.

High School Registration Week will enable more qualified students to vote not only in the November Presidential Election, but also the June 14th Presidential Primary.  Resources will be made available on the Department of Elections' website to aid students and teachers in planning and conducting voter registration efforts.  Contact information for partnering organizations and local voter registration offices that may be able to provide support will also be available.

Virginians can apply to register online at the Department of Elections' Citizen Portal.  Registration is also available at the Department of Motor Vehicles, at local voter registration offices and at voter registration drive.


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