JERSEY CITY, NJ — The Hudson County Schools of Technology (HCST) Alumni Association hosted its first voter registration drive for students in County Prep and High Tech High Schools.
The Alumni Association partnered with the Hudson County Board of Elections to bring in voting machines and sample ballots to better educate students on how to vote, and to register students turning 18 years of age to vote in the upcoming presidential elections.
“This is a great way for our youth to be engaged with the electoral process and perform their civic duty of voting,” said Hudson County Schools of Technology Alumni Director Sal Vega. “Our Alumni Association is helping to supplement practical skills along with those students learn in the classroom.”
The two schools participated in friendly competition by trying to best the other in getting more students registered to vote. The final tally was fairly close, with County Prep registering 104 students and High Tech registering 91. More than 200 students will have registered once mail applications are processed.
“The enthusiasm that students showed during the voter registration process was incredible, for many the upcoming presidential elections will be their first chance to cast their votes and they seemed very excited,” said HCST Alumni Association Vice President Amit Jani, who assisted with the registration drive. “I think this greatly helps combat the notion of youth voter apathy and I hope we can continue hosting this great initiative.”
Given the success of this year’s initiative, the Alumni Department plans to host voter registration drives annually between the two high schools.