Carbondale High School Hosts Voter Registration Drive
CARBONDALE -- A new Illinois law allows 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if they will turn 18 before the General Election in November. Students at Carbondale Community High School say they're eager to get involved.
"Yeah, I was excited about it when I heard about it. I was like, 'Okay cool,' because I'm 17, and I didn't think that would be something I was able to do until i was 18," explained Londyn Gooch.
CCHS has been holding a registration drive this week.
"The young people have an important part in the process, and I think the more that we can help them register and make it an easy process for them the better," said Connie Morgan, student activities director at the school.
Some students were surprised by how easy the process was.
"Stand in line and bring your stuff and you got it, as long as you can remember your address," said Helen Lant.
"Oh yeah, it was really easy. I was actually surprised because usually something so dramatic takes a lot of time," added Gooch.
The school had such a good turn out at the registration drive, they ran out of forms on the first day and had to get more.
But some wonder if this younger generation is ready for the tough choices in the voting booth.
"I think they're totally ready to make the decision. I think they're very mature, and through their history and government classes have the background needed to make a sound voting decision," explains Brandi Jones, government and American history teacher.
Daniel Budslick says he's ready for that decision and hopes more of his friends are ready to get involved.
"It's very important for the younger generation to get involved because they're the people that are going to be voting for many years to come," says Budslick.
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