On October 5, ahead of the state’s October 9 deadline, the Noble Network of Charter Schools delivered students’ new voter registration forms to the Cook County Board of Elections following the end of their semi-annual voter registration drive, bringing their 2018 total of newly registered Noble student voters to 1,744. Noble’s voter registration drive is an effort to simplify the voter registration experience by making the process convenient and remove any potential bureaucratic barriers to students. Noble’s goal is to have every eligible student become a voter.
“We’re proud that our students had this experience to register to vote and we’re proud that they see voting as an opportunity to shape policy for their generation and ensure that there’s diversity in voter turnout,” said Ellen Moiani, a senior organizer of government and community affairs for the Noble Network. “There is always more work to be done and Noble will have another voter registration drive in January for students to be able to make their voices heard.”
Denise Mei, a senior at Muchin College Prep shared that she was a first-generation Chinese American citizen, “I know that I have a voice and it does matter, and that I need to be a part of the change that needs to happen for this country. It is important for MY voice to be heard, because I feel…I have to represent my demographic.”
Since Noble schools are non-profit charter public schools they do not engage in political action or support any political candidates, as such no portion of the voter registration process implied any sort of endorsement for or against any candidates or potential candidates. Noble schools simply made voter registration forms available, reminded students of their requirements, and answered their questions through the registration process as part of a civic engagement exercise.
When asked about how he felt about registering to vote, Muchin College Prep senior Bryan Roman replied, “I am excited to have the opportunity to finally participate. It’s my turn now. As a young person, I feel I have a diverse perspective towards issues happening in our country.”
“It is vital that our students register to vote because when our students are active participants, they are making their voices heard and shaping our democracy for generations to come,” said Claudia Rodriguez, director of government and community affairs at the Noble Network of Charter Schools.
“Now, having the power to vote, I kind of feel like a superhero, like I have real power, knowing my voice can be heard through voting,” said Muchin College Prep senior, Alex Davy. “I think it’s good to have diversity in voting – my voice matters just as much as anyone else’s and with this, I can truly make a difference.”
At Noble, we are college bound. As the largest charter public school network in Chicago, Noble’s high school program exposes our students to higher education options and guides them through the collegiate application process. Through college trips, college fairs, summer college immersion programs and required academic courses, Noble demystifies the college experience and shapes students’ beliefs and confidence about higher education.