Voter Services

Voter Services: The Committee That Never Sleeps!

Voter Services is committed to voter registration efforts. There are times when we are a bit overwhelmed by the many events—often more than one a day—that we have booked. Keeping track of them is almost a full-time job. Here are a few of the April highlights

  • Spent two full mornings speaking to graduating seniors in American Government classes at Palm Beach Central HS and registered close to 200 students.
  • Responded to an SOS from the Supervisor of Elections to help register at the Columbine anniversary rally at G-Star Academy.
  • Registered students at the Columbine Anniversary walkout at St. Andrews’ School in Boca Raton
  • Registered voters at a Health Fair at a Haitian church in Delray Beach.
  • Registered voters at the Public Defender’s Youth Summit at Palm Beach Lakes HS.  An event for over 600 at-risk children from 12-18.

                                     

TIRED YET? NOT US!

LWVPBC is helping Palm Beach County turn the tide on the disheartening trend of decreasing voter registration for 18-25 year-olds. Supervisor of Elections, Susan Bucher reported that as of the end of March, the county had registered 500 more young people vs. the same time during the 2014 election cycle.  That total does not reflect the approximately 240 more students we registered in April.

We are so proud of our students here in PBC who make us feel very optimistic that the future is safe in their hands.  Students initiated marches for Parkland and Columbine anniversaries and then THEY CALLED US–in some cases with less than 24 hours’ lead time.  We are determined to not let them down.

We are taking very much to heart the advice of eminent political scientist Susan MacManus, trying hard to respond to any call for help from young people expeditiously:

“The difference is as stark as night and day when candidates go for the younger as opposed to the traditional voter,” said Susan MacManus, University of South Florida political scientist, discussing politicians’ strategy to reach voters.

 “If you are not talking about their issue when they want to talk about it then you are wasting your money,” said MacManus.” (Tallahassee Democrat, April 16, 2018)

Our focus remains on the highly successful high school student registration program and we are mobilized for Senior Checkout Days at 8 local high schools in May. Stay tuned for great news next month!

There are many other projects in the works and we will need ALL HANDS ON DECK! If you’re interested in registering voters please contact:

Pam Maldonado, Voter Services Chair

Email: maldonadopbc@gmail.com

Tel: 305-873-4239