Atlanta Public Schools urges eligible students to register to vote

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Atlanta Public Schools recently launched a voter registration drive aimed at signing up high school students who are eligible to cast a ballot in the November election.

Officials have dubbed the effort the “APS Good Trouble Voter Campaign” in honor of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

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The district is working in conjunction with When We All Vote, a nonpartisan nonprofit spearheaded by Michelle Obama. The national organization will provide tools and information to high school students who will serve as so-called voting “ambassadors” in their schools and in social studies classes to encourage voting among classmates.

In a video announcing the initiative, Superintendent Lisa Herring said the goal is to register “all of our students who have turned 18 years of age.”

Said school board Chairman Jason Esteves: “Amid the current election season, Atlanta Public Schools strongly supports and encourages civic engagement. This starts with voter registration.”

The Nov. 3 presidential election is a teacher training day in the Atlanta school district. Students will not attend classes on Election Day.

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