The 2018 League of Women Voters of Texas's High School Voter Registration Survey (Table of results) provides insight into the many ways Texas schools - rural and urban, small and large - provide voter registration opportunities for their students. The survey found that 73% of the schools who responded to the survey reported that they offered voter registration opportunities twice a year, as required by Texas statute. Recommended High School checklist for complying with high school voter registration.
TEACHERS: For materials ready-to-use in your classrooms to prepare students to be responsible voters and citizens, check the internet civics courses and resources listed below.
These well-respected sources contain lessons and supplemental materials and activities for teachers including lessons on voting and civic participation, grades K-12.
- BeATexasVoter.org The League of Women Voters of Texas in partnership with Dallas County Community Colleges are providing this voter education series to help young people better understand their role as citizens in our state. The six modules are prepared in compliance with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) social studies requirements and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Common Core standards. The materials are designed to teach high school, dual credit, and college level students about the importance of voting and to provide tools for becoming informed voters. Each module has appropriate activities to reinforce learning. Find materials to promote BeATexasVoter.org to schools and community colleges in your community.
- iCivics Teachers founded and led by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, offers relevant TEKS- aligned lessons, K-12, which are organized into 15, easy-to-use curriculum units. Each lesson incorporates lesson plans and optional assessments, games, web quests, and drafting board topics. The site requires users to register at no cost.
- Project V.O.T.E. Hosted by the Texas Secretary of State, provides puzzles and games designed to help students become knowledgeable, responsible voters. It also includes a guide for a gubernatorial mock election for 2018.
- Keys to the Courthouse; Curriculum Enrichment Program for Youth Hosted by the Texas Association of Counties, complies with TEKS social study requirements, provides functions of elected county officials in Texas, the primary services offered by county government, the justice process at the county level, elections and voting, and the financing of county government.
- Speak Up! Speak Out! Created by the Annette Strauss Institute. Participants work together as teams to identify community problems, craft innovative solutions that address them, and compete for the chance to present their findings to community leaders at the State Civics Fair.
- Generation Citizen The curriculum is action-based, aligned to relevant standards, and academically rigorous. Has as received recognition from the National Council of Social Studies, and has been iterated over time with the support of GC staff, teachers, volunteers, and consultants.
- YMCA Texas Youth and Government mission is to help teenagers become responsible citizens and future leaders of our nation. Their goal is to create an environment in which students can increase their political awareness and understanding while learning the meaning of social action through an actual hands-on experience in government.
- Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! by the State Bar of Texas, focuses on the landmark court decisions that Texas students must know to be successful in preparing for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) assessment tests in U.S. government and history.
Leagues all over the state were active registering voters at high schools in Texas in the fall of 2018. Many more seniors turn 18 in the spring of 2019. Ask your local League to help provide a voter registration program at your school.
Help student voters never forget an election! They can sign up for nonpartisan League voting reminders or text LWVTX to 80123 to receive voting reminders by phone.
- Student Election Clerks are 16 years of age or older who serve as an elections clerks at the polling place during Early Voting or on Election Day. Encourage your students to sign up to help out during the election!
- County voter registration officials
- LWVUS High School Voter Registration Training Manual This comprehensive training manual represents the best of what we have gleaned from hundreds of League volunteers through our groundbreaking high school voter registration projects.
- Empowering High School Voters Toolbox A voter registration drive and early voting field trip for high school students qualified to vote.
- Get out the Vote! Use nonpartisan League resources to encourage students to vote and create a culture of voting in your school.
- Present Get in the Game: Vote! Script to high school or college students on voting absentee or where they live while attending college.
- League Mock Election Toolkit for 6-12 grade A 1-hour interactive session for mothers and their children, enrolled in 6th to 12th grades, approximately 30 to 40 mothers and students in the group.
- Voter education materials: power points, printable voter bookmarks, posters, graphics
Ensure staff & educators are empowered to vote!
- Texas Educators Vote Sign up your district to create a culture of voting. Educators can sign a pledge to vote. Find rules about what educators can and cannot do.
- Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Culture of Voting Resolution present resolution to your school board.
The Law and High School Voter Registration
- OwnOurVote.org Principals & Teachers’ High School Voter Registration Toolkit. by Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP)
- Texas Election Code For School Principals; the election law that high school principals must follow.
- MALDEF: Empower the Next Generation: Register Your High School Students to Vote! (Eng) (SP)