Resolution To Promote Non Partisan Voter Registration In High Schools


Resolution 13-04.31


WHEREAS, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 [NVRA] to increase voter registration because a participating electorate is vital to a democracy, and, according to the Federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC), nationally voter registration actually decreased by more than 3.6 million voters during the two years leading up to the 2010 elections, and,

WHEREAS, Sections 5 and 7 of the NVRA requires that States offer voter registration opportunities at certain State and local offices, including the DMV and public assistance and disability offices. Any office in California that provides public assistance must offer voter-registration services. This includes any of the following federal public assistance programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food-Stamp Program), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program (formerly the Aid to Families with Dependent Children or AFDC program), the Medicaid program, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). This also includes state public assistance programs, and,

WHEREAS, In addition to offices providing public assistance, Section 7 also requires California to designate "other offices" within California as voter-registration agencies.   Such other agency designations may include State or local government offices such as public libraries, public schools, state colleges, universities and community colleges, city and county clerk's offices, marriage license offices, government revenue offices, and unemployment compensation offices, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party strongly urges California School Districts to provide non partisan voter registration education to high school seniors.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party forward this resolution to Democratic members of the United States Senate, the United States Congressional Delegation, the California Legislature, and County Democratic Party Central Committees


Supported by the Chicano-Latino Caucus, he Dolores Huerta Latino Democratic Club of Northern California, the Latino Democratic Club of Los Angeles County [Amended with the consent of the author]

Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013





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