Let America Vote Launches National Initiative to Increase Voter Registration among High School Students

Let America Vote today announced the launch of Cap, Gown, Vote! (CGV) — a national initiative in partnership with mayors across the country to increase voter registration among high school students. CGV is initially launching in partnership with the following nine mayors:

  • Mayor Randall Woodfin, Birmingham, AL;
  • Mayor Bob Buckhorn, Tampa, FL;
  • Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, MO;
  • Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis, MO;
  • Mayor Joyce Craig, Manchester, NH;
  • Mayor Jim Donchess, Nashua, NH;
  • Mayor Hillary Schieve, Reno, NV;
  • Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga, TN; and
  • Mayor Tom Barrett, Milwaukee, WI.

“High schoolers today have proven they can lead political movements, so we should give them the tools to be civically engaged,” said Jason Kander, President of Let America Vote. “Cap, Gown, Vote! is a collaboration between Let America Vote and mayors from across the country who believe that our democracy is stronger when more people vote. Our goal is to bring eligible students into the electorate and show them the power of using your vote as your voice.”

Civic engagement is crucial to a vibrant democracy. Research shows that when young people learn the voting process and vote, they are more likely to continue to do so when they are older. To that end, Let America Vote and mayors participating in CGV will work with student ambassadors who will help eligible high school students register.

To facilitate the registration process, Let America Vote has partnered with Rock the Vote to develop an online tool that high school students can use to register. To learn more, visit