Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant, the state’s chief elections officer, recognized the seniors of Meadow Bridge High School today for meeting their goal of 100 percent voter registration.
Not only is every senior at the school registered to vote, but this is the tenth straight year of having 100 percent voter registration in the senior class at the school.
Fayette County Clerk Kelvin Holliday said that’s a state and national record.
Tennant presented the 35 seniors who visited the State Capitol a proclamation recognizing their achievement. She also delivered to each student a certificate thanking them for their dedication to their civic duty.
“Registering to vote is the very important first step,” Tennant said. “But what’s even more important is examining the issues, taking a close look at the candidates, and casting your ballot. I’m very proud of the senior class at Meadow Bridge for continuing this tradition of 100 percent voter registration. I think they set a good example for not only other students in West Virginia, but citizens in general. If these 18 year olds can register, why can’t everyone who is eligible?”
The proclamation thanked the students, Principal Al Martine, teachers, and Holliday for taking an active role in the elections process.
According to the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) maintained by the Secretary of State’s Office, more than 9,600 people in West Virginia age 18-21 registered to vote in 2010. The number of registrations surged in 2008 to more than 12,400. In 2006, about 5,300 people age 18-21 registered to vote.
Until 1971 the legal voting age was 21. Senator Jennings Randolph (D-West Virginia) led the effort to lower the voting age to 18. The result of his years of attempts to change the law resulted in the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution.