This template does not have a valid content TemplateBeginEditable tag

How do we pre-register 16 and 17 year-olds to vote?

In the summer of 2016 pre-registration for 16 and 17 year-olds becomes law in Massachusetts allowing teens to get on the voter registration rolls early so they're all set to cast a ballot when they turn 18.  

Teens will be able to register to vote at the RMV and online (the online registration system will launch this summer).  We are looking for ideas on how to best register teens at school, in after school programs, and more.  Post your suggestions below.  And if you know a teen -- ask them for suggestions too!



1-25 of 26 signatures
Number Date Name Post your ideas here. Also, ...
26 2.2 years ago Michael Lillian Social media, You Tube, Twiter and the like.
25 2.2 years ago Dan Henkoff My mother, who has been heavily involved with the League of Women Voters in our hometown in Connecticut for years, sends along these ideas:
"School in the spring at lunchtime. League volunteer...
24 2.2 years ago Luisa Peña Lyons First of all, what a success!!! Congrats on this effort. I would echo some of the ideas here.
--Social media, twitter, facebook, etc. with a link to the form.
--Community events and partne...
23 2.2 years ago Denise E Clark Im not sure the procedure used when kids sign up for classes in school these days or in this state since I'm a Californian. However with the way we sign up back home, we show up get in line by last...
22 2.2 years ago Tina McBride SAT registration, when they get a social security number, drivers license,
21 2.2 years ago Anonymous Military recruiters set-up tables outside of the eating areas in the high schools and wait for the students.
20 2.2 years ago Elizabeth Olson
19 2.2 years ago Beth Wyandt At birth...on birth certificate.
18 2.2 years ago Laurel Facey Civics and Gov 101 classes are being dropped in our high schools. They must be reinstated! After such a course, students could be shown how to be preregistered. Signing up for a drivers permit could...
17 2.2 years ago myra lerman visit a social studies class, or an assembly
social media
have registration forms available at big movie theaters
16 2.2 years ago john cevasco Require that all juniors and seniors register
15 2.2 years ago Michael Lillian Ads in school newspapers, radio, TV.
14 2.2 years ago diane rose
13 2.2 years ago Barbara Rice Reach out to the teachers union, at summer teen programs, at the BPL college financial aid center, through coaches and sports events, a table at graduations like MIRA does citizen ship swearing ins.
12 2.2 years ago Jesse Kanson-Benanav Gillette sends every male a razor when they turn 18. Why not send everyone a voter registration form when they turn 18?
11 2.2 years ago Donna Reilly At school. Not on school time, as educational mandates would be compromised. However, the Student Council could sponsor pre-registration. Just an idea. Then advertise, advertise, advertise---in ...
10 2.2 years ago Mary Clougher Pre registration when students sign up for SATs or drivers license would cover most high schoolers
9 2.2 years ago Anonymous All high school students in MA have to take a U.S. history course. It could be done via history teachers. For us at a private Catholic school we registered at lunch time I believe. But info should...
8 2.2 years ago Joe Beckmann Pre-primaries, to give candidates - particularly in city elections - an early estimate of their campaigns' impact, as well as to poll issues high school students think are important. And, even more ...
7 2.2 years ago Dee Halzack Since they should still be in school, whether or not they try for a driver's license, make pre-registration part of first day of school for juniors, which is what 16-year-0lds usually are. First yea...
6 2.2 years ago Katharine Pillsbury Register in U.S. History class in junior year. Almost all juniors are at least 16 or older. Have a one class lesson plan on history of voting, importance of voting...
5 2.2 years ago Jenny cintron Directly at school and community fairs. But I'll suggest an information session before they'll register. They need to know why is important to register and vote.
4 2.2 years ago Leila Quinn Partner with youth-working organizations to canvass for teen registration outside afterschool: sociedad latina, youth workers alliance, hyde square task force, etc.

Ask all senior civics ca...
3 2.2 years ago Bernadette Louis 1. Use social media for pre register
2. Cell phone text messages
3. Meet them on their turf: movie theaters, sports arena, summer camps, beaches, entertainment parks, school sites
4. Org...
2 2.2 years ago Anonymous Set up pre-registration stations at schools and other places that teens often frequent (malls, coffee shops, etc.). Have pre-registration forms (if there are any) available at school...
Next ->