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Vote in Honor of a Vet

Waving Flag

We often take for granted the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans because of veterans.  The sacrifices our veterans have made on behalf of this great state and nation stand as examples that underscore the need for us to take our responsibilities seriously, especially our right to vote.  Across the nation, statistics show youth voter participation declined dramatically through the 90's and into this millennium. But presidential elections in 2004, 2008 and 2012 showed a slight increase in turnout among younger voters. Our hope is that we can build on this encouraging trend.

[Click here to view a photo gallery of some of our Vote in Honor of a Vet participants]

To this goal, the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office developed its  Vote in Honor of a Vet program, which is presented annually in area high schools.  The intent of this program is to encourage voter participation among our senior high school voting-age population, as well as teach them about the sacrifices our veterans have made so that we may continue to live in a democratic society.  By exercising our right to vote, we show veterans the respect they deserve for protecting our representative democracy. 

This is how the program works.  Veterans complete and submit a short biography on a Vote in Honor of a Vet Veteran Biography Form.  The form may be completed by veterans or by family members of deceased veterans or those missing in action.  Certificates with veterans biographies will be presented as part of a Voter Registration Drive to high school seniors.  After students register to vote they are encouraged to Vote in Honor of Their Vet.  Our hope is to personalize the voting experience for high school students by helping them understand the relationship between the sacrifices of our veterans and their right to vote.

We need your participation to make this valuable program a success.  You may make copies of the Veteran Biography Form and distribute them as you wish.  Completed forms should be returned to the address at the bottom of the form.  If you should have any questions, please contact the Voter Education Department at (727) 464-5700. 

ONLINE VETERAN BIOGRAPHY FORM SUBMISSION

 

Veteran Biography Form
(download, fill out and mail in)

Veteran Biography Form - Deceased or MIA
(download, fill out and mail in)

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