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City, PPS Team Up for Voter Registration

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City, PPS Team Up for Voter Registration
Posted on 09/20/2018
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The City of Portland and the Portland Public Schools are celebrating National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the city conducting voter registration drives at two Portland high schools.

Also, Deering High School student Allan Monga, Maine’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud Champion, will travel to Los Angeles for a Sept. 29 creative storytelling summit designed to engage young voters.

Portland City Clerk Katherine Jones said the city’s goal for the high school registration drives is to “help our younger voters with information as to how to register to vote, and where their polling place is so they can vote on Election Day.”

City Clerk staff will be at Casco Bay High School from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Deering High School from 10:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on September 25. The League of Women Voters will be doing a drive at Portland High School.

“Nothing is more fundamental to our democracy than voting,” said Mayor Ethan Strimling. “And the first step is making sure people are registered to vote. I am very pleased we are bringing the City Clerk’s Office into our schools so that young people have an opportunity to participate in their first election this fall.”

In other election-related news, Monga, a senior at Deering, will be attending the Eighteen x 18 summit in Los Angeles at the end of September. Eighteen x 18 is an initiative to educate and engage the next generation of voters in America through the power of creative storytelling.

Monga, who is a participant in Make It Happen!, a college readiness program of the district's Multilingual and Multicultural Center that provides academic and language acquisition support for multilingual students, also will be kicking off the PopTech conference at Point Lookout in Camden by reciting a poem and being interviewed onstage. The theme of the Oct. 31-Nov. 3 conference, which bills itself as a convening of brilliant minds from different corners of the world, is Courage Confirmed. The goal of the conference is “explore, inspire, instigate and discover a shared potential that extends well beyond the reach of individual aspiration.”