Enfranchise Players: Upper Schoolers Register to Vote
Posted 10/05/2018 12:17PM

Did you hear? There's an election coming up. Of course, it should come as no surprise that GA girls are eager to address the elephant (or donkey) in the room. Students involved with the Upper School's Center for Public Purpose hosted State Senate candidate Q&A sessions this week, and a group of seniors is working on a get-out-the-vote campaign at GA. Their goal: 100 percent participation among faculty and students—including all 30 eligible seniors.

Their efforts got a boost on Thursday morning from the League of Women Voters of Greenwich. LWVG board member and GA parent Anne-Marie Hesser set up a registration table in the Upper School atrium, pretty much making it as easy as possible for passing students to stop, ask questions, take forms, return completed ones—all on the way to and from class. And they did. All told, Ms. Hesser signed up 12 GA and WCK students.

Ms. Hesser, who oversees youth outreach for the nonpartisan organization, also got in a bit of recruiting. She's putting together a LWVG student group. The new category of membership targets girls and boys 16–18, and is free. She encourages anyone interested to sign up on the LWVG site, and they'll receive information about upcoming debates, voter registration drives, forums, and other programs and activities.

The LWVG is hosting a state candidate debate Wednesday, October 10 at Greenwich Town Hall. Visit to learn more about candidates, registration, and voting.

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