New Law Allows 17-Year-Olds to Vote

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STATELINE (WIFR) -- For the first time, 17-year-olds who will turn 18 before November’s election will now be able to vote.

“It’s really exciting. I think it’s really cool that I’m not 18 yet, but I can vote at 17,” said Daniella Milroy.

Lutheran High School Senior, Daniella Milroy woke up at the crack of dawn, anxious to be part of a new group whose voice matters.

“Our generation now is the future and I think that’s really important.”

“If more people realized that we can make a huge difference in our community.”

This is the first time the law is allowing 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election, to vote.

Government teacher, Steve Vaughan is requiring his 70 students to register to vote by the end of the year. He believes voting is a privilege, even high schoolers need to understand.

“It’s easy for a student or an adult for that matter to get the idea that their vote doesn’t count. If everyone in our society has that same idea, our democracy can’t function. We have to realize that every vote counts.”

Vaughn is proud to see that Milroy is a shining example of what he’s been preaching for the last eight months.

“I was thrilled to see I have a few students who have already voted. What initiative that is and it really says something to me about the student’s ability to be part of the process. I think it’s great.”

Vaughan and Milroy both agree that every votes counts. So far, over 20 of Vaughan’s students have registered to vote.

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