Governor’s Challenge

The Governor’s Challenge in High School Voter Registration officially kicked-off on National Voter Registration Day, September 27, 2016, and will conclude the last week of April 2017, Virginia’s second annual High School Student Registration Week. High schools across the Commonwealth have the opportunity to compete to register the highest percentage of their voting-age population. Schools that reach or exceed 65% will receive a congratulatory certificate from the Governor.

See more at: www.governor.virginia.gov

How to Participate in the Governor’s Challenge

If your school would like to participate in the challenge, please have your school's point of contact fill out the Governor's Challenge Sign-Up Form here.  Once your school has completed the sign-up process for the challenge, Inspire Virginia staff will contact you to plan and implement voter registration events that suit your needs the best. Inspire VA is our lead nonpartisan, nonprofit organization supporting efforts to track school's data for the Governor's Award. Each participating school can direct students to register to vote online here in order to be counted towards the award.  

How do High School students register to vote in Virginia?

The Governor’s Challenge in High School Registration is an opportunity for students across Virginia to participate in the democratic process by conducting voter registration drives at their own schools.  Contact information for partnering organizations willing to provide assistance and support is listed below.

Virginia law allows 17-year olds to register to vote, as long as they will be 18 on or before the next general election.  They may also vote in any intervening primary elections.

Students can apply to register to vote online at the Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal.  Registration is also available at the Department of Motor Vehicles, at local voter registration offices, and at voter registration drives.

Note:  Students wishing to organize their own registration drives must complete the online 3rd party voter registration training provided by the Department of Elections.

 

Useful Links

 

Voter Registration Partners

 

Inspire Virginia

RegionSuperintendent's RegionRegional ContactServices
Statewide Statewide Morgan O’Toole and Ian Baxter 
(860) 913-7749 
vote@inspireus-va.org

Specializes in high school voter registration drives.

Provides training to help students lead voter registration and non-partisan voter information.

Willing to offer "voting kits" to schools by request - include stickers, posters, pledge to vote cards, etc.

Staff can travel to schools that want in-person support for voter registration drives and classroom presentations.

 

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

RegionSuperintendent's RegionRegional ContactServices
Richmond Region Council Region 1 Vilma T. Seymour, President
Vilma.lulaccouncil4614@gmail.com
(804) 221-4781

General voter registration drive assistance

Voter education

 

League of Women Voters of Virginia

RegionSuperintendent's RegionRegional ContactServices
Washington County Region 7 Merry Jennings
merry.jennings
@gmail.com
General voter registration drive assistance
Falls Church City Region 4 Ellen Salsbury
President, Falls Church Chapter
contact
@lwvfallschurch.org


Martha Cooper
Voter Service Co-Chair
contact
@lwvfallschurch.org


Kathy Thompson 
Voter Service Co-Chair
contact
@lwvfallschurch.org
General voter registration drive assistance
Fairfax Region 4

Sidney Johnson
Voter Services
voterserviceslwvfa
@gmail.com

Beth Tudan, League@lwv-fairfax.org

General voter registration drive assistance
Hampton Roads Region 2 Kaye Tice
president
@lwvshr.org
General voter registration drive assistance
Prince William County Region 4 Carol Noggle, cnogg@comcast.net General voter registration drive assistance
Williamsburg Region 2 Maryann Simpson
Co-Chair, Voter Services
General voter registration drive assistance
Arlington County Region 4 Kathy Matusiak
LWVArlington
@aol.com
General voter registration drive assistance

 

New Virginia Majority

RegionSuperintendent's RegionRegional ContactServices
NOVA - Alexandria, Arlington,
Fairfax Co., Prince William, 
Loudoun
Region 4 John Gallagher
(202) 412-5896
Voter Registration Drive Support, voter education/civics curriculum

Option for bilingual Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean staff to come help
Central VA - Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield Region 1 Jordan Butler
jbutler
@newvirginiamajority.org

(804) 269-7874
General voter registration drive assistance
Hampton Roads - Norfolk, 
VA Beach, Portsmouth, 
Newport News, Hampton
Region 2 Sauda Speede
sspeede
@newvirginiamajority.org

(718) 908-7313
General voter registration drive assistance

 

Virginia 21

RegionSuperintendent's RegionRegional ContactServices
JMU Region 5 Virginia 21 
Main Office Phone:
(804) 513-VA21
(804-513-8221)
General voter registration drive assistance
Norfolk State Region 2 (804) 513-VA21 General voter registration drive assistance
CNU Region 2 (804) 513-VA21 General voter registration drive assistance
VCU Region 1 (804) 513-VA21 General voter registration drive assistance
Radford Region 7 (804) 513-VA21 General voter registration drive assistance
Virginia Tech Region 6 (804) 513-VA21 General voter registration drive assistance
William & Mary Region 2 (804) 513-VA21 General voter registration drive assistance

 

Voter Registrars Association of Virginia (VRAV)

RegionSuperintendent's RegionRegional ContactServices
Throughout VA Statewide Find local registrar 
contact info
.
Varies by locality

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