With the election underway, registering to vote is at the top of to-do lists for many eligible teens. The majority of teens register, but do not understand the significance they have in the polls. Registering is just the first step to having an effect on the election.
Social Studies teacher Justin Johnson said, “Teens have the potential to sway the election. When our country has higher voter turnouts, that usually means teenager were more active in the polls.”
Registrations are quickly becoming easier to access. This year our Secretary of State, Natalie Tennant, tied the process with technology. You can now register to vote at sos.wv.gov. You may also use this as a source to verify if you are registered.
“The main concern many people have with registration being available online now is fraud and hackers, but if the State Department keeps it monitored, it will be a great addition to the process,” said senior Allie Hamilton.
When registering, all you need to know is your name, birthday, West Virginia driver’s license or ID card number, and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you do not have a driver’s license or ID card, you may not fill out the form online. However, it does not prohibit you from filling out the paper application. Your birthday must be before November 8, 1998 to be eligible. To get the paper form, you may see Phillips, Craddock, or senior Kindra Sarver.
Craddock, said, “It is vital that we get teenagers more involved in politics. You guys are the one who will be in charge of the country soon enough, so the future is up to you.”The upcoming election is not just Presidential, but local and state positions will also be included. Registering is important, but not enough. You have to vote in order to take part in electing our representatives.