Oakland Schools, Oakland County officials launch #VoteLoudOC campaign
Students encouraged to vote, sign up as poll workers
Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook Robinson, along with several Oakland County officials, have teamed up to launch the #VoteLoudOC campaign, which seeks to empower student leaders to mobilize, spread the word and Vote Loud in Oakland County.
According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, historically, young people are the least likely to vote or serve as election workers. The #VoteLoudOC campaign would like to change that through two actions:
- Get as many Oakland County 18 year olds as possible to register and vote in the Nov. 3 election. The deadline to register to vote online or by mail for the Nov. 3 election is Monday, Oct. 19. After that date, people can register in person at their local clerk’s office through Election Day.
- Recruit 100 young people, ages 16 and older, to sign up to work as poll workers on Election Day. We need poll workers this year on Election Day. Citizens who are 16 or older can apply to become paid poll workers.
Students can discover how to get involved by visiting the Oakland County Clerk’s Office website or joining the #VoteLoudOC campaign on all Oakland Schools’ social media channels.
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"At Oakland Schools, we are developing tomorrow's leaders by preparing our students to be meaningful contributors to society," said Oakland Schools' Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson. "Encouraging students to #VoteLoud is a first step in this important lifelong leadership lesson."
“It is extremely important for young people to participate in the election this year,” said Ivy Joul, a 17-year-old junior at Oxford High School. “Young voters are some of the most influential people and we can make a huge difference. Voting is one way young people can enact changes in the United States.”
“Now more than ever we need the passion, the energy and, quite frankly, the impatience of our young adults. Register. Vote. Envision the future you want for your country and make your voice heard on November 3,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said. “Thank you to Oakland Schools for the Vote Loud OC initiative.”
"Today we race to the finish, helping get our youngest voters registered to vote and engaged in our democracy," Board Chair David T. Woodward (D-Royal Oak) said. "America's future is counting on them, and we applaud Oakland Schools and our local educators for making civics education a priority."
"All Oakland County residents have a right to participate in the democratic process," Commissioner Nancy L. Quarles (D-Southfield) said. "By getting young people registered and civically involved, we're ensuring strength and integrity in our elections for generations to come."
“Every election we need citizens to work in the precincts and absentee voter counting boards. Now more than ever, we are asking teens to sign up to work on Election Day. It is a paid position and looks great on a resume or college application,” said Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds Lisa Brown.
“I appreciate our partnership with Oakland Schools and their efforts to engage our younger generation in the democratic process. Whether it’s encouraging eligible students to vote or to become an election worker, it’s great to see them involved in the process,” said Oakland County Elections Director Joseph Rozell.