On Monday morning and throughout the early afternoon hours, students at the New England Laborers Construction Career Academy (NEL/CPS), the Cranston Public Schools charter high school, had the opportunity to register to vote.
Emerson Brito from the Board of Canvassers in Cranston and Amanda Caetano, manager of elections from the Rhode Island Department of State, were on hand to speak to students and walk them through filling out their forms, if necessary.
“We are contacted to do a drive each year and we do pretty well each time,” NEL/CPS Director Dennis Curran said. “The students need to be 16 to register and at 18 they can vote.”
As of 10:30 a.m., the drive had already produced 32 registrations in the first hour. It ran until 12:15 p.m., throughout the school lunch periods. The registration event was set up in the lunchroom.
Brito and Caetano said voter registration events have been taking place recently at schools, libraries and other locations and that there would be similar events taking place in locations around the city and the state as the drive to register new voters continues.