MAYS LANDING – In honor of National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, Sept. 19, Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections and Commissioner of Registration Maureen Bugdon reached out to area high schools to encourage students of age to take their first step to the voting booth by registering to vote.

“In addition to our year-round outreach at county and municipal events, we celebrate National Voter Registration Day in our high schools so students who are juniors and seniors can get a jump start on their involvement in elections by registering to vote,” Bugdon said.

Bugdon informed students that they can register to vote at age 17 and become immediately eligible to vote on their 18th birthday.

“For those who are 17 years of age, this is a great way to fast-track your eligibility by getting through the 21-day waiting period before you turn 18.  For those already 18, the voter registration deadline for the General Election is Oct. 17, so there’s still time to complete your form and be well-prepared for your very first voting experience.”

To celebrate the milestone, high schools provide voter registration forms in various languages, information about online registration, and a patriotic poster featuring each participating school’s name or logo. Students may decorate their poster during the school day and return the artwork once completed. Each poster will be displayed as part of a mural that will be displayed at the Superintendent of Elections Office.

For more information on National Voter Registration Day or to register yourself as a new or updated Atlantic County voter, call 609-645-5882.  Online voter registration is available 24/7 at



Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.