Board of Elections registers 619 young voters

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Board of Elections recorded a record number of 619 new voter registrants during its visits to the county’s 17 high schools and two BOCES centers.

The 619 new registrations is up from 374 high school registrations in 2013 and 478 registrations in 2012.

The Board of Elections has been visiting county high schools for the past 30 years conducting voter registration drives for students who are 18 or will be turning 18 within the calendar year.

Young voters who are not yet 18 are permitted to pre-register and are added to the voter rolls when they do turn 18.

Election Commissioners Norman P. Green and Brian C. Abram also made election civics presentations at Falconer, Maple Grove, Fredonia, Pine Valley and Brocton high schools.

The presentations included an overview of board of elections operations, the difference in the six major parties of New York state and how to get involved in politics to make a difference.

The commissioners are available for presentations to all county schools and interested groups.

The voter registration totals for the 2014 school voter registration drives conducted by the Board of Elections are Falconer 109, Dunkirk 84, Jamestown 72, Southwestern 56, Silver Creek 44, Forestville 32, Cassadaga Valley 31, Maple Grove 26, Clymer 25, Pine Valley 22, Panama 22, Frewsburg 20, Chautauqua Lake 19, Brocton 16, BOCES North (LoGuidice) 12, BOCES South (Hewes) 11, Fredonia 9, Westfield 7 and Sherman 2.

Ripley High School students are included with Chautauqua Lake due to a high school merger.