The Leadership Conference Applauds Department of Education Toolkit on Voter Registration

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WASHINGTON — Leslie Proll, senior director of the voting rights program at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Yterenickia ‘YT’ Bell, senior director of the And Still I Vote program, released the following statement celebrating the U.S. Department of Education’s toolkit for promoting civic engagement and voter registration activities for students. 

“We welcome the U.S. Department of Education’s release of a toolkit to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities providing guidance on how to promote civic engagement and engage in voter registration activities. President Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting Access to Voting, No. 14019, instructed all federal agencies to integrate voter registration opportunities into their programs, and this toolkit is a signature component of the Department of Education’s implementation of the order.”

Leslie Proll, senior director of voting rights, said: “This toolkit provides schools with valuable resources and strategies for ensuring students can register to vote and access the ballot. We hope that K-12 schools, colleges, and universities everywhere take full advantage of this opportunity to provide students the information necessary to register to vote and fully participate in the political process. Our democracy is only successful when our young people are represented and can make their voices heard.”

YT Bell, senior director of And Still I Vote, said: “Young individuals and college students need support to be able to participate in our elections. We want to break down the deliberate barriers put in place to make it harder for them to vote. Promoting voter engagement and civic education on college campuses helps young individuals wield their power and ensure our democracy works for all of us.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 240 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit