Universal Voter Registration
Supporting Research on Voter Registration and Turnout
Voting May Be Habit Forming, by Alan S. Gerber, Donald P. Green, and Ron Shachar presents evidence that voting for the first time will lead to voting in the future.
High School Voter Registration and Civic Education: Stastistical evidence reveals the need for a high school program of voter registration and civic education.
Minimum Voter Registration Ages: Read about the patchwork of regulations concerning voter registration in the United States.
Read a history of Constitution Day.
Law Requires Lessons on Constitution, by Valerie Strauss and Lori Aratani
A new law requires all schools receiving federal funds, including university, to teach students about the Constitution on the obscure holiday Constitution Day, September 17.
New Law Requires Workers To Learn About Constitution, by Christopher Lee
New legislation requires all federal agencies to provide "educational and training" materials about the Constitution each year to the government's 1.8 million civilian employees -- all of whom, after all, take an oath to support and defend the national charter.
San Francisco High School Voter Registration Legislation
On April 5th the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution to explore instituting a voter preregistration system for high school students. Resolution 271-05, sponsored by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, calls for preregistering students as they enter their junior year.
On February 21st, the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee approved former FairVote board member and first-year Senator Jamie Raskin's proposal to require students to learn about the U.S. and Maryland Constitution. The bill also gives eligible students the opportunity to register to vote in class.
Curriculum IdeasThe History of Voting Rights in the United States
In 2000, 600 San Diego students served as poll workers, getting a first hand lesson in civics.