LPS Helps Students Become Registered Voters

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) – In the run-up to city elections this spring, Lincoln Public Schools is doing its part to help students register to vote.

Lincoln Southeast High School held a voter registration campaign Tuesday so students can become registered voters. The Lancaster County Board of Elections commissioned six high school students from the Southeast to help their classmates through the process. While online registration is becoming easier and more accessible, race organizers have stressed the importance of being able to register in person.

“Everything seems to happen online these days, so it’s nice to sit down with someone to walk you through the signup process,” said Poppy Morrow, Southeast Senior Officer and Deputy Assistant. “It’s good to be face to face with someone and it inspires and inspires to vote.”

David Peters is a social studies teacher at Southeast who has been involved in the annual movement for 20 years. He agrees that face-to-face support is needed.

“This is their first experience and they are just trying it out,” Peters said. “Maybe it feels a little more personal, or they own it a little more.”

By the end of the day, Southeast had registered 174 new voters, and all other LPS high schools will have the same opportunity in the coming weeks.

Under Nebraska law, 17-year-olds are eligible to register and vote in city elections this spring, but only if they turn 18 no later than November 7 this year.

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