PHARR – Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA) high school students participated in an annual National Voter Registration Day rally on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Boggus Ford Events Center in Pharr where they learned about the importance of voting and had the opportunity to register onsite.

The event was hosted by Project V.O.T.E (Voters of Tomorrow through Education) and Texas Education Code. Presenters included: PSJA School Board members, the Hidalgo County Elections Administrator, AACT Now (Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas) Representatives, the Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Hidalgo County Master Court Judge Nereida Singleterry and PSJA ISD Student Council Officers.

National Voter Registration Day is a nationwide nonpartisan effort created to bring volunteers, civic groups, and organizations together to register thousands of voters on a single day.

"You are tomorrow's leaders," PSJA School Board Vice-President Jesse Zambrano told students from all PSJA ISD high schools. "You must encourage your parents, friends, and family to exercise their right to vote."

At PSJA ISD, this effort is also tied to the district's PSJA VOTES campaign, which successfully helped increased the number of registered voters within the school district and across the region with its 2016 campaign. A record high increase of 22 percent was recorded across the region, compared to other years. PSJA ISD alone, had an increase of 48.91 percent compared to the 2012 presidential election.

Every year, PSJA students enrolled in U.S. Government courses, learn about their civic responsibilities. The goal of the event was to expand their knowledge of their civic duties, the voter registration process and criteria for voting in elections. In addition, students had the opportunity to register.

"Voting is a way to honor our history," said Alyssa Hernandez a PSJA Early College High School senior and Student Council president. "It is now our turn to preserve the honor of those who came before us."

The deadline to register or update voter registration information is Oct. 10, 2017. For any questions regarding registration and voting, please individuals may contact 956-664-2228 or visit http://aactnow.org.