High School Students Participate in Voter Registration
Seniors at Grissom High are not only preparing to graduate, they are focused on future elections. This week, 12th graders could register to vote, through the efforts of the school’s PTSA and the National Honor Society, along with support from Tennessee Valley Votes and the Madison County Registrar’s Office.
Kathy Jones, one of the volunteers who helped organize the event, says that there is a real need to get students involved in the election process as early as possible to get everyone involved in their community, state, and nation. She hopes to take the lessons learned from this student voter drive and expand the efforts to more high schools next year.
Suzanne Bailey, an AP Government and AP Economics instructor at Grissom, was excited about the registration drive, because it brings home what she teaches in her classes: every vote matters. Bailey always works to instill a sense of civic responsibility in her students, so they can “play important roles in our participatory democracy.”
Madison County has a total of 247,106 registered voters as of February 8, 2017. Madison County voter qualifications include: United States Citizenship, resident of Madison County, 18 years of age on or before Election Day, and no convictions of a disqualifying felony.