Before he retires in January, Secretary of State Sam Reed plans to go back to college. Many colleges, actually. Reed is ready to start his annual tour of college campuses statewide, encouraging students to vote and become more engaged in their communities. He will also emphasize civility in politics and society.

Reed will visit 45 campuses stretching from Bellingham to Vancouver, and from Aberdeen to Pullman. It will be the largest number of schools he has visited since beginning the springtime tradition in 2006. Reed toured 40 campuses last year. On May 2, he will be at Yakima Valley Community College.

“The college civics tour is always fun for me and students, and it’s a great way to help get them more interested in voting and being involved,” said Reed. “I really look forward to visiting campuses across the state.”