Sen. Julie A. Morrison

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Julie Morrison passed a resolution to encourage election authorities to sign eligible students up to serve as deputy registrars.

“Increasing civic engagement and creating more informed young citizens will have a positive impact on them and on Illinois,” said Morrison (D-Lake Forest). “It’s important for young people to have a say on things that will affect their future.”

Senate Resolution 532 urges election authorities to conduct outreach and training to qualified high school students to serve as deputy registrars. Deputy registrars are appointed by a county clerk to register eligible individuals to vote. Individuals who are at least 17 years old can serve as deputy registrars.

“Increasing the rate at which young people participate in civic activities has been a goal of mine for years,” said Morrison. “It is my hope that starting young people’s participation in the electoral process early will result in a more involved community going forward.”

Senate Resolution 532 was adopted by the Senate Saturday.