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High school students talk about voting

Friday, October 12, 2012

Citizens across Indiana made their last minute preparations for the voter registration deadline that passed last Tuesday, making them eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election.

For many 18-year-olds in high school, the fact that they will be eligible to vote this year has just recently come to their realization.

Remembering to register easily slip the minds of those teenagers who are able to vote for the very first time.

For the senior class, the option of voting in this year's general election has opened up to many of them, something that is a totally new concept.

"Voting has always been something that I felt like I would never get a chance to do. The idea of finally being allowed to vote seems almost surreal to me, as it was something that I always viewed only those older than me doing" said senior Jalyn McKee at Linton-Stockton High School.

Several seniors seized on the opportunity and registered to vote as soon as they could.

For others, the decision on whether or not they would vote relied simply on how aware of their situation they really were.

Kyla Graves, a senior at Linton-Stockton High School, was concerned about the lack of information given to teenagers about the voter registration process.

"Had it not been for my economics teacher warning all of us at school a few days before the registration deadline, I would have had no idea how to register or when the deadline would be. More information should be available for those of us who are interested in voting ahead of time" she commented.

Linton-Stockton High School's government and economics teacher Brad McKinney has been worried about the lack of high school students showing interest in voting in this election.

McKinney had been announcing the deadline for registration, and even handed out registration forms to those students who asked for them. Even with all of the warning, a very small handful of students showed any interest in wanting to vote in this election.

While some students have been showing a lack of interest, others have been preparing themselves for the event.

"I believe that the votes of our younger generation will mean a lot in the future," said Linton-Stockton High School senior Sam Dyar. "Sooner than we think, my generation is going to be taking the reins and will be in control. Voting at this year's elections finally gives those who are my age a voice that I hope will one day make the positive difference that is needed."

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