More than 700 new Lyons Township High School voters were added to the Illinois voter roll thanks in part to the League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area and the voter registration drive held Feb. 11 at the district’s North Campus.

Nearly 60 percent of the eligible student voters were registered in just a single day.

“This year is special not only because it’s a presidential election year, but because those who will be 18 by the general election will be able to register and vote in the Illinois primary even if they are only 17 on March 15. This drive is just another step for high school students to get involved in the process.” said Stephanie Nelson, the League’s registration drive chairwoman.

Prior to the voter drive, League volunteers trained more than 20 students at a registrar training session at LTHS in early January.  

LTHS’ Social Studies Division Chairman, Paul Houston said, “Voter registration is one of the most important and meaningful applications of what we teach in the social studies department. We value democracy and believe it works best when all voices are heard, which is why we work so hard to register students. Also, we are blessed with amazing individuals in our student body, and we know their contributions as citizens will improve our community.”

Submitted by Lyons Township High School