Jennings Randolph Award
Jennings Randolph, the father of the 26th Amendment and late U.S. Senator from Harrison County, WV is the epitome of what it means to never give up. Senator Randolph introduced a bill to lower the required age to register to vote from 21 to 18 eleven times. That is right, imagine failing not once or twice, but ten times before reaching your goal. Randolph believed that if U.S. citizens were old enough to fight and die for their country, then they were old enough to vote for the leaders who were sending them to these conflicts. In 1971, the 26th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed and changed the voting age to 18.
In honor of Senator Randolph's determination to get young people involed in the voting process, the Secretary of State's office has created the Jennings Randolph Award. This award is given to high schools which have 100% of eligible students registered to vote (except those that are exempt) Some students may decide not to register for religious beliefs etc.
How to take part?
The list confirming that 100% of the schools eligible students (Students eligible to register are 18 years of age, or 17 years of age and will be 18 by the date of the next General Election, November 11, 2014) are registered can be mailed to WV Secretary of State, Building 1 Suite 157-K , 1900 Kanwha Blvd. East, Charleston,WV 25305 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
When a school reaches 100% registration of eligible students, a plaque signifying this achievement is created and presented to the school principal at an assembly. Schedule permitting, Secretary Tennant plans to attend each award presentation.