Speak UP joined Board Vice President Nick Melvoin (BD4) and student leaders at Palisades High Wednesday at a drive to register and pre-register nearly 200 students on campus to vote in less than an hour.
Melvoin told the students he would like to see the voting age lowered to 16 or 17 and the voting process made easier for everyone. “We should have early voting. We should have online voting,” Melvoin said. “Voting should be a national holiday. We should have to opt out of voting.”
He also explained the importance of voting in local elections, such as school Board races, not just in high-profile national elections. “I’m proud to say I have never missed an election in my life. It is our civic duty,” Melvoin said. “The most radical thing you can do is not walk out of class or dye your hair or protest. The most radical thing you can do it vote.”
Student leaders Amir Ebtehadj, Eli Safaie-Kia and Deven Radfar organized dozens of students to help register their classmates.
“What we have to remember is that 16-, 17-, 18- year olds, we can make a difference,” Ebtehadj told the crowd of students. “We have the ability to make change.”
Speak UP hopes to conduct more voter registration drives at other Los Angeles high schools in coming weeks.