Student Involvement in 2020 Election

As the students across East Hall High School become juniors and seniors, they’re becoming adults with responsibilities and opportunities. One of these new opportunities is voting in upcoming elections, specifically the 2020 Presidential election. However, do the students of East Hall High School have an interest in voting? A poll of juniors and seniors was conducted to investigate if the young adults at this school were planning on voting next year. 


The poll brought in many responses! Every response was unique and individualistic in regards to the student and their interest in voting. One junior, Hannah Kilburn, reported that she might vote in the 2020 presidential election. However, Kilburn did express an overall interest in voting. 


“I would like to vote to see ideas that I like to be put into motion. There are so many ideas and programs that are talked about and not talked about that I want to see happen,” The junior expressed upon being asked why she would want to vote. One student, Janet Mendoza, a senior, has not registered to vote yet but is planning on voting in the 2020 election. When asked why she wanted to vote, Mendoza responded. 


“I’ll be voting because this will be the first time that I will be able to vote so I would like to participate!”, The senior replied. Many of the students shared this same attitude towards the subject of voting, positive and rather excited. Although, there were a couple of  students who had other thoughts on their potential involvement in the upcoming election. Another student, Israel Hernandez, a junior, will not be eligible to vote in the 2020 election but this did not deter Hernandez from sharing that he lacked interest in voting. In addition to this, over 5% of the students who completed the poll reported that they were not even sure that they were going to register to vote. 


Voting is viewed as a citizen’s civic duty across America. Thus, it is critical to pay attention to the youth of America and their involvement with this civic duty. At East Hall High School, there seems to be a variety of perspectives on voting and whether or not students should be involved in it.