Making Democracy Work

High School Volunteers and Voter Registration

How do I organize a voter registraion drive at my high school?

Student Volunteers at Candidate Forums

Resources for High School Teachers

Moot Joint Jury Trial Volunteers

How do I organize a voter registraion drive at my high school?

Volunteer for Organizing Voter Registration Drives at your high school.

Students and teachers, would you like to have the League of Women Voters' help in registering students to vote at your high school?  If so, let us know!

Is your school participating in the Governor's Challenge in High School Voter Registration? High schools across the Commonwealth have the opportunity to compete to register the highest percentage of their student voting-age population during the 2016-17 School Year.  Schools that reach or exceed 65 percent will receive a certificate framed poster that a professional graphic artist has designed to hang in a prominent place. The challenge will conclude the last week of April of 2017.  

In addition, students who will be 18 by November 7, 2017 can register to vote now. If they register before the May 22nd deadline, they will be able to vote in the June primaries + even if they are not yet 18.  Students are eligible if they are United States citizens and Virginia residents.  Students who have a Virginia driver's license or ID can also register to vote online by using the Virginia Department of Elections citizens' portal.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a nonpartisan group with a long-standing commitment of encouraging civic engagement and democratic participation at the national, state, and local levels. In recent decades, the League has focused efforts on ensuring that young people have access to the tools they need to register, vote, and be counted.  Within the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) system, we work with the Fairfax County Office of Elections and are available to assist your school in registering eligible students using our trained and certified personnel.  

We know how busy your teachers are, so our times are flexible and require no expenditures from FCPS. Our certified volunteers are available to set up class or homeroom visits to talk about the importance of voting, make sure students know their rights, and assist eligible students in filling out their registration forms. We would then collect all registration forms and deliver them the Office of Elections.  We are also open to scheduling a voter registration assembly or visiting before or after school, during lunch periods, or possibly at a senior class event.  The LWV of the Fairfax Area can also provide information on absentee ballots for students who away at college in the fall.

Do you know that 10 percent of paper voter registrations are rejected?  It's easy to overlook a box and many students do. They are not used to filling out government forms.

We would welcome the chance to establish a longer-term relationship with your school.  LWV, for example, can provide election-related community service opportunities for students.  The League will be hosting candidate forums in the fall and we welcome student participation in this process.

If you would like more information or to schedule a date for the League to come to your school to hold a Voter Registration Drive or help you with the Governor's Challenge, please contact Beth Tudan, Executive Director of LWV Fairfax, at league@lwv-fairfax.org or call the League office at 703-658-9150.

Student Volunteers at Candidate Forums

We will hold Candidate Forums in the fall of 2017 for the 17 House of Delegate seats that are up for election.

FCPS High School Student Volunteers volunteer at the at the LWVFA Fall 2016 Eighth District Candidate Forum at Fairfax Public Access in September 2016016

In the fall of 2016, we held the Eighth District Candidate Forum at Fairfax Public Access on Monday evening, September 19th. Five high school students helped.

Virginia's 8th District Candidate Forum was televised live at the Fairfax Public Access TV station on Inside Scoop, Monday, Sept. 19, 7 to 8 p.m.

FCPS High School Student Volunteers sort through Questions at Fall 2015 Candidate Forum

2015 Candidate Forum filmed live at Fairfax Public Access

Resources for High School Teachers

We also have many nonpartisan, Fairfax County specific resources that you could use for your classrooms, including:

  • Fairfax County and Virginia Specific Studies/ Publications
  • LWV of Fairfax Voters Guides
  • Voting Information
  • Information for College Students (a must have for those going away to college)

    Moot Joint Jury Trial Volunteers

    High School Students who are already 18: Here's an opportunity for you that we offer twice per year: The NoVA Public Defender's Office is organizing a joint jury moot on

    The goal: to have volunteer jurors from the community (preferably not lawyers or law students) to serve as jurors so attorneys can practice their jury selection for specific cases they have coming up and be better prepared to fully defend clients.

    This will better prepare the as lawyers to fully defend our clients and ensure justice is served/

    Besides jury selection, in the past attorneys have shown videos and discussed thoughts and reactions; they have had witnesses testify and discussed reactions; and attorneys have reviewed evidence to get a sense of the community take on the evidence, and on possible sentences (as juries in Virginia also recommend sentences). The details: Fairfax Public Defender's Office 4103 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 500 Fairfax, VA 22030 Date: Next date TBA

    Love Law and Order? Now is your chance to see the workings of the justice system from the inside! If you are interested, please contact Lauren Whitley, Senior Assistant Public Defender, at whitley@fai.idc.virginia.gov.

    There are always snacks and soda and the good will of helping public defenders work towards justice!

    We will post more information about future dates as soon as we receive it.