Student Voting Creates Opportunity

Government Teachers in the School Talk About Their Opinion on Students Getting out to Vote


The power to make a difference is in the hands of young voters and they don’t even know it. According to the Campus Vote Project, only 42 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds casted a ballot in 2014, making it the lowest number recorded in the last 40 years.

Mr. Patrick Buchanan and Mr. Steve Giddens are two government teachers at Shawnee Heights. Both Mr. Buchanan and Mr. Giddens believe it is important for students to exercise their civic rights by participating in the elections.

“Registering to vote is really easy, but it’s hard to get them to vote”, Mr. Buchanan said. He takes his senior government classes to register to vote.  

Twenty one percent of young adults were not registered to vote in 2008, because they missed the deadline. Another six percent did not know where or how to register.

A good way to make the process easier is to get to know the candidates. Watch the debates, listen to each side of the argument and do some background research.

“There are many things to vote for and finding out about all of the different candidates and issues sometimes requires a little bit of time”, Mr. Giddens said.

Several websites provide information on candidates and taking a few minutes to look at each could help you to make a final decision.

“It does not matter who you vote for, but get out and exercise your right,” Mr. Giddens said.