First Vote!

First Vote! is a free program to help high schools build voter education and registration into their curriculum for juniors and seniors. It is aligned with TEKS. It can help high schools comply with state law requiring them to offer voter registration twice a year to eligible students.

First Vote! is a non-partisan program. It focuses on the importance of voting, reasons people give about not voting and how to overcome them, and the steps to becoming a voter. It was developed by the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area (LWV-AA), Travis County Tax Office Voter Registration Department, and Travis County Clerks Office Elections Department. If needed, we can adapt it to other schools, counties, or entities that straddle multiple counties.

The First Vote! program is flexible to meet the needs of each individual school. We offer:

  1. Option 1 – Voter Registration table in some common area using standard voter registration forms
    Or, in either a classroom or assembly setting, using either HS SOS registration forms (if applicable) or standard registration forms
  2. Option 2 – High School basic talk – going over voter registration form (20 minutes total)
  3. Option 3 – College basic talk – going over voter registration form (20 minutes total)
  4. Option 4 – slide presentation lesson (about 25 minutes)
    A. with voter registration (about 10 minutes; for a total of 35 minutes)
    B. with student activities** (about 30 minutes; for a total of about 55 minutes)
  5. Option 5 – slide presentation lesson (about 40 minutes)
    A. with voter registration (about 10 minutes; for a total of 50 minutes)
    B. with student activities** (about 30 minutes; for a total of about 70 minutes)

**Student activities – Students are put into groups (number of groups will depend on overall group size). Each group will work on an activity for their station for approximately 5 minutes when all students shift to the next station. The stations are:

  • Voter registration
  • Voting machine demonstration
  • Activity booklet- use computers/cell phones to identify representatives at local, state, and federal levels
  • Activity booklet- use computers/cell phones to look up nearby polling places using Travis County (or appropriate county) website
  • Activity booklet- use computers/cell phones to explore the Voters Guide on the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area website and Vote411.org

To schedule, volunteer, or for any questions, please contact:

Joyce LeBombard, VP Voters Service
League of Women Voters of the Austin Area
VP-votersService@LWVAustin.org
512-585-4090