Albany students rush to register to vote

April 12, 2018 06:20 PM

ALBANY - Areania Ashley has been waiting 18 years for today.

"To be able to make a difference with one little vote is life changing," the Albany High senior explained.

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Ashley signed on the dotted line and is officially a registered voter.  While voting has always been important to her, she says other students have been motivated by the young Parkland, Florida activists who have made registering young people a priority.

"It's amazing to see everyone stand up for what they believe in. It's really heart warming."

The League of Women Voters is partnering with student volunteers and registering interested 17 and 18 year olds at every high school in Albany County.  This week at Albany High alone, that means 50 new voters will head to the polls in the next election for which they are eligible.

"It's inspiring them to open their eyes and realize there are things going on. They do have a say and should exercise their say," said Hassan Mayecolema, one of the students working the registration table outside the cafeteria.

The League of Women Voters is also letting students know they can be a part of the Democratic process by working as a poll worker on Election Day.

"A lot of our kids want to know how they can make the community better," added Mayecolema.

You can register at 17 if you will be 18 by the election in which you want to vote. The League of Women Voters will be back at Albany High on Friday.


Abigail Bleck

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