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Student Voting Reforms Of Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Senator Cory Booker’s Help Students Vote Act Pass House With H.R. 1

March 8, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey today announced that the main student voting reforms of the Help Students Vote Act passed the House of Representatives as part of H.R. 1, the For The People Act.

“Today we took a giant leap forward for our students and for our democracy,” said Congressman Krishnamoorthi. “For the first time in history, we passed sweeping reforms through the U.S. House of Representatives, which will specifically strengthen student voter registration, education, and empowerment. I applaud my colleagues for recognizing the grave importance of youth political participation, and I will continue to advocate for this legislation until it is signed into law.”

“Today’s passage of provisions from our Help Students Vote Act is an important step forward in providing our nation’s students with the clarity and information they need to become active participants in our democracy,” said Senator Booker. “Young people today face more barriers than they should when trying to make their voices heard at the ballot box. Our bill will help alleviate some of the confusion students on college campuses have about voting. By adding much-needed federal guidance on the role of colleges and universities in providing voting information to students, we can ensure our students have the resources they need to register and vote.”

Among numerous important provisions, the Help Students Vote Act enhances student civic participation by creating a Campus Vote Coordinator on each campus responsible for sending timely notifications with voter registration information before federal and state elections, and authorizes grants to institutions of higher education that sponsor nonpartisan voter education, registration, and mobilization efforts.