The City of Mesa, in partnership with Mesa Public Schools and Inspire U.S., is leading an initiative to ensure all eligible high school seniors are registered to vote.
Schools that register 65 percent or more of eligible students will receive an award from Mayor John Giles at the end of the school year. In addition, Mayor Giles has offered to take the top registrar from each school out to lunch.
"This initiative helps ensure that our high school students are active and engaged members of our community," Mayor John Giles said. "We look forward to the friendly competition and to providing Mesa students an easy way to exercise their right to vote."
National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 25 and to kick it off Westwood High School, Mesa High School, Dobson High School, Red Mountain High School and East Valley Academy will be holding registration drives. These drives allow students to engage with their peers in a meaningful way that will encourage civic participation within their schools, communities and beyond as new voters.
Inspire U.S. is a nonpartisan organization that develops high school students into civic leaders through peer-to-peer voter registration, voter education and get out the vote efforts within their schools. Last year alone, one in three registered 18-year-olds in Mesa came from Mesa Public Schools and their partnership with Inspire U.S. In the past 4 years, Inspire has registered and pledged to vote more than 55,000 high school students across the country.
High schools interested in joining the initiative can find information at www.inspire-usa.org.