NYC Holds First Ever Voter Registration Event For High School Students

May 22, 2018 - 11:18 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York City for the first time has held a citywide voter registration event for high school students.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, 18-year-old students, and those who will be 18 by Nov. 6, lined up to register to vote on Monday at Manhattan/Hunter Science High School, 122 Amsterdam Ave.

Mayor Bill de Blasio cheered them on, declaring, “We all need you to make this city better and this country better.”

"Voting allows you to take your values, take your needs, take your interests, takes your beliefs and put them into action,” de Blasio said. “You can't do that if you're not registered."

Standing next to the mayor, student Mohema Hussain told her story.

"I'm the daughter of two immigrants from Bangladesh and I was born and raised in Queens. I'm planning to attend Fordham University this fall and I want to become a civil rights attorney or a criminal defense attorney,” Hussain said, “and a few minutes ago I just registered to vote."