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Middletown Area High School receives recognition for voter registration efforts

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Posted 6/6/18

Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres on Friday honored Middletown Area High School for efforts that led to voter registration of 86 percent of the school’s eligible students.

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Middletown Area High School receives recognition for voter registration efforts

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Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres on Friday honored Middletown Area High School for efforts that led to voter registration of 86 percent of the school’s eligible students.

The Governor’s Civic Engagement Award is measured by the percentage of voter registration among a school’s eligible student population.

Students may register to vote if they are 18 years of age or will turn 18 on or before the date of the next primary, special, municipal or general election.

Schools that attain 85 percent voter registration among their eligible student population qualify for the Gold Level award, while those that register 65 percent receive the Silver Level award.

The Governor’s Civic Engagement Award was instituted at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

Since then, 16 schools have qualified.

“This award encourages civic education on the peer level, which can be highly effective,” Torres said.

The award is a cooperative effort by the Departments of Education and State, in collaboration with Inspire U.S., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to “transform young leaders’ inspiration into action,” according to a news release.

The program offers resources and guidance for student leaders as they “educate their peers regarding the electoral process and the importance of civic engagement.”

More information about the award is available on the Department of State website at www.dos.pa.gov.

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