South Orangetown Central School District

Tappan Zee High School’s Social Studies Department teamed up with the Rockland County Board of Elections to host a virtual voter registration drive on Tuesday!

During Social Studies classes, Board of Elections representatives walk high school seniors through the voter registration process, explaining various topics ranging from absentee ballots to primary participation to early voting.

“This is my 22nd year at TZ and we’ve hosted a drive almost every year since I’ve been here,” noted teacher Christine Drivas, who has coordinated the annual event since 2014. “It’s an opportunity for students to not only register to vote, but also learn about the voting process, local elections, school board elections and budget votes, primaries, political parties, and working for, or volunteering with, the Board of Elections.”

Students in Bernadette Carroll’s Economics class, pictured, listened closely as the Board of Education representatives explained each portion of the registration process and what to expect when they go to vote. “So much of the senior year Social Studies curriculum is centered around good citizenship,” Carroll said. “Voter registration is perhaps the most direct way to encourage our students to participate in government now and for many years to come.”

TZHS voter registration