Young Adult Voter Registration Day Letter

05/19/2014

Chancellor Carmen Fariña
Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007

Dear Chancellor Fariña,

We are writing to you as chairs of the Education and Governmental Operations Committees to ask that you implement a “Citywide Senior Year Voter Registration Pilot,” a proposal for which is attached.

The Young Adult Voter Registration Act (YAVRA) requires the Department of Education (DOE) “shall provide applications for registration and enrollment, and may assist in the execution of such applications” and “shall deliver such voter registration form to each graduating student at the same time and in the same manner as it delivers diplomas to each such student.”

According to the School Demographics and Accountability Snapshot for school yea r 2013 - 14, there are 73,790 high school seniors.  If they were all registered along with their soon to be graduating peers 327,537 public school graduates would be eligible to vote in 2017, the next municipal election.  By 2021, public school graduates eligible to vote would grow to 630,166 which would mean nearly as many 18 to 26 year old public school graduates would be eligible to vote as voted for mayor in the 2013 election.

The “Citywide Senior Year Voter Registration Pilot” proposes a timeline and specific steps for implementation that will provide a baseline from which we can continue to improve voter registration efforts on an annual basis.  Please help enfranchise 73,790 high school seniors by providing your authorization so that this program can b e implemented for this school year.

Regards,

Daniel Dromm, Chair
Education Committee

Ben Kallos, Chair
Governmental Operations Committee