Seniors vote for the first time

Briana Hackfeld, J1 Reporter

A small group of seniors were able to vote in the November election.  This was their first time voting and they eagerly awaited the responsibility and privilege that vote brings.

“Since it’s my first time to actually be able to vote,” senior Spencer Forbes said, “it marks my transition from being a youth in America to actually becoming an adult.”

Forbes says that he has even looked into the voting and registration process and has been loosely keeping up with the campaigns.

The number of eligible young voters actually voting dropped from 81% in 2004 to 51% in 2012. According to College Stats, many teens say the reason they don’t vote is because they simply do not know how to vote or register.

Keith Gannett, social studies teacher, said it is important that students are involved in the democracy.

I think that the right to vote is the most important right we have as Americans,” Gannett said. “Which is why I give my students voter registration cards and why I talk about the importance of voting.”

Gannett also said that since their first election is the presidential one it gives this one significant importance. He is very encouraged by the number of seniors who have been talking about the election lately.

“For democracy to work, the people have to be both involved and well-informed,” Gannett said. “I am glad to see so many seniors talking about the election.”

Senior Saralee Williams said that she is excited to be able to voice her wants in government.

“In not voting, I think we are taking for granted a blessing,” Williams said. “One that many other people are not fortunate enough to have.”  

Williams said that a major influence in her politics has been her mom. She said that even though a majority of her political opinions have been aligned with her mom’s she realizes that it is her responsibility to educate herself on what is happening with the candidates.