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Help us Pass HB338 to Expand Civic Engagement Among Utah's Youth

25 February 2021 Published in Legislative Work

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A new bill at the Utah Legislature, H.B. 338 (School District Voter Eligibility Amendments) is gaining support. Now you can be a part of the effort to pass it this year!

H.B. 338 creates a pathway for Utah's local school districts and school boards adopt an ordinance to allow students ages 16 and 17 to vote in local school board elections. School districts will retain the option of whether or not students in their districts will have the right to vote in local board elections.

Now is the time to lobby your Utah lawmakers to urge them to pass H.B. 338 to get new voters engaged at a younger age, and give students a voice in their own education.

First, get started by signing up to receive our Legislative Action Alert Texts.

Second, click on the image below to send a message directly to your Utah representative telling them to vote YES on H.B. 338

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Tell them to Support H.B. 338 because...

  • When voting and the importance of voting are taught in conjunction in high school, students are 40% more likely to vote and to continue to vote throughout their lifetimes

  • Currently in Utah, students are only allowed to vote for their local school board representatives once they have aged out of the schooling system

  • For teenagers, local school boards provide the greatest impact on young lives, more direct than perhaps any federal institution

  • By encouraging students to vote in local school board elections, we will be raising a generation of informed voters, students are more in tune with their educational needs than anybody els

  • Students will also be able to see firsthand the impact of local votes, and will continue to vote in local elections throughout their lifetimes

  • Utah has one of the lowest youth voter turnout rates in the nation. In 2018, the turnout was 16% and ranked as one of the bottom three states in the nation

  • Voter apathy and disengagement are still leading factors of why young people fail to fill ballots or fail to register 

  • Exercising the right to vote is critical at every level of our democracy ;there is no clearer example of impact than local school boards.

  • Currently, 16 and 17 year-olds can do all of these things, but they can't vote: 1) Work a full-time job, 2) Pay taxes, 3) Own a business, 4) Work on a political campaign, 5) Drive a car

 

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