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senate Bill S. 2240

Should There be Grants For School Districts to Give High School Seniors Voter Registration Information?

Argument in favor

This bill would help provide school districts with the resources they need to provide high school seniors with voter registration information, ensuring that young people can exercise their right to vote once they turn 18.

Ticktock's Opinion
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01/03/2018
Yes this should be done along with in depth Civics Classes. We should be providing all future voters with all the information possible to help them more understand our form of Democracy. Today to many people are ill informed which enables officiation, distortions and lies being told to the electorate and believed. A well educated electorate is the best protection for our Democracy. Our current President thrives on lies, misdirection and officiation. This Congress seems no better. Everyone should vote and that preparation should begin well before high school graduation.
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Susan's Opinion
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01/03/2018
The US has a terrible voter turnout rate. This would help to increase that. The more people vote the better off we’ll be as a country
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Jadon's Opinion
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01/03/2018
There is such a low turnout for the young generation lately. We need to inform them of what they can do to vote and ensure they are participating in government to be recognized and active in shaping the future. We can’t risk them not being active and turn into some neo form of Nazi Germany or watch our country grow even more corrupt. Vote Yea!
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Argument opposed

There are a multitude of ways for high school seniors to access the information they need to register to vote if they want to. It’s not the federal government’s job to encourage registration, so this bill is unnecessary.

Angela's Opinion
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01/03/2018
I’m a high school teacher. Our school already does this and most government teachers I know have voter registration applications in their classrooms. Why would schools need to receive funds to do this? Also, not all educators are liberals as a previous comment suggested. Most teachers want students to learn to think critically and independently. We aren’t trying to indoctrinate them in some kind of liberal or conservative agenda.
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Adam's Opinion
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01/03/2018
All American citizens should be automatically registered when they turn 18. And declare Election Day as a national holiday.
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Beth's Opinion
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01/03/2018
Pretty sure you could get groups to come into high schools for free to do voter registration drives and provide information. We don’t need to fund this.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Rules and Administration
    IntroducedDecember 14th, 2017

What is Senate Bill S. 2240?

This bill — known as the Students VOTE Act — would direct the Election Assistance Commission to carry out a pilot program that provides funds to local educational agencies to provide voter registration information to high school seniors before they graduate. Local educational agencies would have to apply to receive funds by providing a description of the initiatives they’ll undertake, estimate the associated costs, and provide other information and assurances as needed. They would also be required to consult with state and local officials who are responsible for administering elections.

Within 90 days of receiving funds, grant recipients would have to provide the Commission with report describing the use of funds and analyzing their effectiveness. Within 60 days after receiving its final report from a local educational agency, the Commission would be required to submit a report to Congress about the pilot program. While this bill doesn’t actually provide funding for the grants, it does authorize the appropriation of such funding.

Impact

High school seniors; local educational agencies; and the Election Assistance Commission.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2240

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced this bill to create a pilot program to educate high school seniors about registering to vote:

“It has never been more important for young people to make their voices heard, and voting one big way to do just that. Our bill would help empower high school seniors with the knowledge they need to register to vote as soon as they are eligible and make those voices count.”

This legislation has the support of three cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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Students Voicing Opinions in Today's Elections Act

Official Title

A bill to direct the Election Assistance Commission to carry out a pilot program under which the Commission shall provide funds to local educational agencies for initiatives to provide voter registration information to secondary school students in the 12th grade.

    Yes this should be done along with in depth Civics Classes. We should be providing all future voters with all the information possible to help them more understand our form of Democracy. Today to many people are ill informed which enables officiation, distortions and lies being told to the electorate and believed. A well educated electorate is the best protection for our Democracy. Our current President thrives on lies, misdirection and officiation. This Congress seems no better. Everyone should vote and that preparation should begin well before high school graduation.
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    I’m a high school teacher. Our school already does this and most government teachers I know have voter registration applications in their classrooms. Why would schools need to receive funds to do this? Also, not all educators are liberals as a previous comment suggested. Most teachers want students to learn to think critically and independently. We aren’t trying to indoctrinate them in some kind of liberal or conservative agenda.
    Like (115)
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    The US has a terrible voter turnout rate. This would help to increase that. The more people vote the better off we’ll be as a country
    Like (73)
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    There is such a low turnout for the young generation lately. We need to inform them of what they can do to vote and ensure they are participating in government to be recognized and active in shaping the future. We can’t risk them not being active and turn into some neo form of Nazi Germany or watch our country grow even more corrupt. Vote Yea!
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    All American citizens should be automatically registered when they turn 18. And declare Election Day as a national holiday.
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    Pretty sure you could get groups to come into high schools for free to do voter registration drives and provide information. We don’t need to fund this.
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    In Kentucky a bill was recently passed that we have to pass the citizenship test to pass. Taking into consideration the very low voter turnout in the United States this will greatly help. I believe this will go along with the test and inform the young Americans coming out of high school, also this will enable these students to vote and possibly even motivate them more to vote.
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    This isn't automatic voter registration like I might prefer, but it's a good start. We shouldn't place the onus of responsibility upon parents to educate and encourage their children to do their civic duty. Even in high-turnout elections only about 50% of the voting populace actually turns out and votes, so it's ridiculous to assume the majority of parents would even encourage their kids to vote when at least half don't themselves. In addition, it's ill advised to assume parents will automatically provide correct information on the voting process because, again, half of them don't even vote. Democracy only works better as voter turnout increases, so this should be a no-brainer. It's not perfect, but it's a start.
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    I don’t think this would be a good idea because the education system is full of a bunch of liberals and I don’t want 18 year olds being influenced a certain way by the people handing out the registration papers.
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    Yes! We should be doing everything possible to ensure that EVERY American has both the ability—via registration—and the understanding of our government—via civic education—to be an effective voter.
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    This already happens in most high school Civics classes. It also occurs when teens apply for their drivers licenses. It would be more beneficial if there were incentive grants in elementary to build students National Identity and concept development associated with Civic education -which have all but disappeared in the elementary grades.
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    Congress is always thinking about how to spend money unnecessarily. High school kids can go and register for voting like any other adult. Stop spending money that grandkids would have to pay later.
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    As a current High School senior, I can assure you that government classes, that are required to graduate, give adequate information as to how to register to vote. The curriculum in most schools already includes voter registration information in the first unit of the year. There is no reason to allocate funds to repeat this information.
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    No, teach kids to have initiative and to be responsible for themselves. You may be surprised what they can do on their own.
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    When I graduated High School, many years ago, we registered to vote before graduating. Yes, students should be registered to vote before graduation and Civics classes mandatory prior to graduation and voter registration. Also, what is going on in our government now, should be used as an example so hopefully this never, ever happens again.
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    I am a Senior and I was able to vote just fine without the government wasting any money on showing me how.
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    Yeah and bring back civics classes.
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    It's not the federal government's responsibility. Period.
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    Educate Our future leaders on their rights responsibilities and options as a US citizen.
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    Very well put Tick Tock!🇺🇸👍
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