Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper, Election Commission, Mayor’s Youth Council Announce Results of Third Annual Nonpartisan Voter Registration Efforts

Jan 29, 2020
Press Release

NASHVILLE – Last fall, the Davidson County Election Commission, U.S. Representative Jim Cooper (TN-05), and the Mayor’s Youth Council announced the partnership for the third year of nonpartisan high school voter registration drives. 

In-school registrations were conducted throughout the month of November at 36 area high schools. The voter registration drives successfully increased voter registration by 59% among participating schools. Some schools saw registrations increase by as much as 136%. 

“Registering to vote allows young people to voice their opinions and play a role in the future of our city and country,” Rep. Cooper said. “I’m glad that so many of our students are taking this critical step toward improving their communities.” 

Davidson County Election Commissioner Jeff Roberts said: “With a Presidential election before us, we are excited to register these young voters and look forward to welcoming them at the polls.” 

Several students weighed in on the significance of participating in the voter registration process. Hume Fogg Academic High School Senior and Mayor’s Youth Council member, Abby Mendez, said: “It was really fun to run around the halls and scream at fellow seniors to register to vote.”  Her classmate and fellow MYC member, Dzifa Dumenyo, said: “It was powerful to see everyone out there registered to vote for the next election.” 
 
“It felt good to actually be of age to register to vote; and by the time the election comes I will vote!” Kendra Smith, East Nashville Magnet High School Senior and MYC member said of the initiative. 

The deadline for Tennesseans to register to vote in the 2020 primary elections is Monday, February 3, 2020. Absentee ballot requests for the primary elections are now available and should be submitted by the February 25, 2020 deadline. To register online and access the absentee ballot request form, please visit GoVoteTN.com. You can also pick up voter registration applications in person at the following locations: County Election Commission Offices, County Clerk’s Offices, Public Libraries, and Register of Deeds Offices.