Sienna Rodriguez – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Tuesday and Wednesday saw not only the Manatee Chamber of Commerce’s “Big Bank Theory” personal finance simulation. Students at this event also had the opportunity to register for the upcoming elections on Nov. 6.
Mustangs who are at least 18 years old can vote and people as young as 16 can pre-register. In these midterm elections, people can vote for governor, seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives the school board and other contests.
LRHS senior Valerie Amoaku stated that she is looking forward to voting for the first time. “I think that young people should vote if they are eligible, I’m excited to do so myself.”
Ruth Rauch was also in the gym helping students register to vote and believes that voting is the single most important thing in citizenship. Senior Alexa Brodsky was registering in the gym and she agreed that it is important for young people to vote.
Young voters account for half of the population and are encouraged to vote to see the changes they want in their society.
It is important for voters to do their research before they get into the voting booth. Monica Reiley volunteered in the gym helping students register to vote, and says she remembers her first time voting when she was 18.
“I believe that because we live in a democracy, we should all vote in order to maintain a democratic society,” she said. “There are so many places in the world where people don’t have the ability to vote like we do, which is why we should take advantage of our opportunities.”