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The League of Women Voters is helping the youth understand the importance of voting

Posted at 4:42 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 16:51:21-04

We are a little over a month away from the November 3rd election and organizations including the League of Women Voters are reminding South Floridians to register to vote before October 5th. Everyone plays an important role, especially young voters.

One inspiring high school student is empowering and informing her fellow classmates on the importance of voting.

“I think our voice is probably the most powerful, especially for this election and for the future, and I think politicians are realizing it and they’re listening to us,” said Lauren Gregorio, junior in high school.

Lauren Gregorio attends class then works at an organization called “New Voters”.

Even though Lauren and her friends are too young to register to vote, she constantly talks about pre-registering.

For her, it’s exhilarating and important to inform Gen Z’s on voting.

“I think it’s just so important to spread this message. I know big organizations that are amplifying this too so I’m glad that I get to be a part of this. I found my passion in helping a lot of lower SES communities to give them access to everything,” said Lauren.

“It is so vital to turn out these younger high school and college voters and get them excited and engaged and knowledgeable about the civic process,” said Monica Skoko Rodriguez, President of the League of Women Voters in Miami-Dade County.

The 16-year-old reached out to Monica Skoko Rodriguez, the president of the League of Women Voters in Miami-Dade County, to speak to young voters on why their vote matters during a summit this weekend.

Monica says she feels Gen Z’s are more involved this year because of social media.

“We’re already seeing changes. When you look at the League of Women Voters board and our volunteers, we have so much more diversity than we had 5-10 years ago and I think it’s because people are realizing what’s at stake and their power as voters. So they want to get involved,” said Monica.

“You might think you’re annoying by re-posting on social media but you’re not. You’re helping and advocating for what you believe in. I think people undermine their power and their voice. So I think if we continue to use it, we’ll make a difference,” added Lauren.

If you don’t know how to register to vote or learn how to navigate your ballot, head to vote411.org or lwvmiamidade.org. For more info on New Voters, head to new-voters.org

Virginia and North Carolina Election Resources

Key Dates and Deadlines

North Carolina

Oct. 9: Voter Registration Deadline Oct. 15-Oct. 31: Early Voting Oct. 27: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date Nov. 3: In-Person Voting

Virginia

Oct. 13: Voter Registration Deadline Sept. 18-Oct. 31: Early Voting Oct. 23: Request Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadline Nov. 3: Absentee/Mail-In Postmark by Date Nov. 3: In-Person Voting