Candidate Andy Vargas at last week’s League of Women Voters forum at Haverhill High School.
Haverhill City Council candidate Andy Vargas is calling on the city to do a better job registering and turning out young voters.
Vargas cited statistics showing only 323 people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted in Haverhill’s 2013 municipal elections. The numbers were provided by Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.
“There are an estimated 7,200 registered 18-29 year old voters in Haverhill, therefore the city witnessed an abysmal 4.4 percent turnout amongst young people,” Vargas said in a release. He said the city must “excite and invite” young people to participate and the city must improve voter registration.
Vargas said he will be at Haverhill High School today registering voters, alongside the Student Council and the Violence Intervention and Prevention team. The push comes on the last day to register to vote, in order to be eligible to vote this Nov. 3 and builds on the efforts of groups like the League of Women Voters who have also been focusing on voter registration at the high school and across the city.