Northam encourages voter registration in high schools

Northam encourages voter registration in high schools
A poll worker in Richmond holds an "I Voted" sticker. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is encouraging eligible high school students to register to vote.

The Democratic governor recently issued a proclamation designating the week of April 21 as Virginia High School Voter Registration Week. The governor’s said it is the 4th year in row the state has done such a designation.

Northam has also launched a challenge to high schools to register at least 65 percent of their senior class. Schools that do so will get a banner from the governor commending their voter registration efforts.

Virginia is one of only four states having legislative elections this year and the only one where Democrats have a realistic chance of wresting control from Republicans.

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