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“Good Trouble” Initiative Registers APS Students to Vote

By Carlen Ruth Hultgren

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) held a district-wide voter information and registration program that continued through December 7, the deadline to register for the U.S. Senate runoff races on January 5, 2021. Working with the national nonprofit organization When We All Vote, a total of 576 students were registered to vote between September 25 through October 5, making them eligible to have voted in the general election on November 3.

The APS “Good Trouble Voter Campaign” is named in honor of the late civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, who once said, “Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” The campaign provides students with information about the importance of participating in the electoral process and seeks to register every APS student who is eligible to vote.

“We launched the Good Trouble Voter Campaign to help all APS students in all grades understand how important it is for them to participate in the political process on the local, state, and federal levels, as soon as they are eligible to vote,” said APS Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring. “We are excited and proud that 576 students were registered as a result of this effort, and we want to keep that momentum and excitement going through the Senate runoffs. Our students need to know that every vote counts and participating in the election process is how they can ensure their voices are heard.”

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