A voter registration drive at Palatine High School on Tuesday added 210 students to voter rolls -- a new Cook County Clerk’s Office record – as part of a countywide campaign to register young people to vote.
“I hope this is a sign of a record-breaking year for youth involvement,” said Clerk David Orr.
The registration drive, which included high school deputy registrars, was one of several dozen events throughout Chicago and the suburbs since mid-April. Over 3,000 new young voters have been registered.
“I feel like I truly made a difference in the election by encouraging my generation to register and vote,” said Ashley Griffith, an 18-year-old deputy registrar from Palatine.
Palatine High School was the eighth school the Clerk’s outreach team visited this spring. Rich South, Homewood-Flossmoor, Niles North, St. Lawrence, Eisenhower, Rolling Meadows and Hoffman Estates also participated. Oak Park-River Forest had a deputy registrar training today.
Students are also applying en masse to work as election judges in the November 4, Presidential General Election. “Our goal is to surpass the record 750 high school students who served as election judges in February. We have already had over 100 apply this spring,” Clerk Orr said.
“Registering students to vote was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life,” said Asma Hashin, 18. “It felt like my one job did so much service to the community.” Hashin is a senior at Hoffman Estates High School, where the Clerk’s office deputized 23 students and 126 were registered on May 21.
Over 3,000 high school students have been registered this spring by the Clerk’s office and its partnering organizations:
- League of Women Voters
- Rainbow-PUSH Coalition
- United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
- Chicagoans Against the War in Iraq (CAWI)