Effort to register high school voters is a ‘tremendous success’

West Virginia

During the 2018-2019 school year, nearly 100 high schools participated in the Jennings Randolph Award program. Named after the late U.S. Senator who sponsored the U.S. Constitution amendment that reduced the voting age from 21 to 18, the program is an effort by the Secretary of State’s office to encourage students to discuss the importance of civic engagement and to register to vote.

Here are the top 10 counties that registered the most 18-19 year old voters between July 2018 and June 2019, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State:

RankCountyNumber of Voters
1Kanawha1614
2Berkeley1241
3Wood817
4Jefferson727
5Monongalia715
6Cabell711
7Raleigh710
8Putnam596
9Harrison538
10Fayette514

The West Virginia Secretary of State’s office said a total of 15,673 eligible students registered to vote during the 2018-2019 school year. Mac Warner, West Virginia’s Secretary of State, attributes the success of the program to his field team, county clerks, high school teachers, and groups like Inspire-WV.

Secretary Warner released a list of students who were recognized as “Honorary Secretary of State” because of their involvement in the program. Students from Berkeley, Boone, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Monongalia, Morgan, Nicholas, Raleigh, Roane, and Wetzel county were recognized.

This level of registration in our high schools is an incredible accomplishment in such a short period of time. If we encourage young people to register early, hopefully, they will remain active and engaged in the election process.”

Mac Warner, West Virginia Secretary of State


According to the Secretary of State’s office, the program is part of Warner’s effort to provide secure, fair, and free elections. The office said it is imperative for them to “identify eligible citizens who were not yet registered and encourage them to get registered to vote.”

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