Nearly 240 students registered to vote when the Secretary of State’s office visited Mt. Hope High School Wednesday as part of a statewide voter registration drive.
“Students who register to vote are more likely to become active and informed citizens of this state. Some of these young people will be our leaders of tomorrow. Now is the time to engage them,” said Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.
His emphasis on young people reflects the success of voter registration activities over the past few years. More than 700,000 Rhode Islanders are eligible to vote in November’s election.
“Most Rhode Islanders are already registered. The growth in our state will come from reaching out the newly eligible groups like high school and college students,” said Mollis.
The stop at Mt. Hope was a partnership with the state Board of Elections, school administrators and Bristol Town Clerk Louis Cirillo and Warren Town Clerk Julie Coelho. The drive in the school’s auditorium netted 237 new voters.