Election day is here and for some Bedford High School seniors, it is their first opportunity to vote.
A student reporter sent a voluntary Google form to members of the senior class, and 75 percent of those who responded said they would be voting. (The vast majority of the BHS senior class is still 17.)
When asked why they plan on voting, one student said, “It’s important to use my right to vote to actually try and change something, no matter how small.” This was a common theme along with a feeling of “civic duty.”
Even those who did not plan on voting understood the power they held. One said, “I do respect the importance of civic duty, but I’ve been avoiding paying attention to politics for personal reasons.”
The other reason for not voting was that they “don’t have enough time to get to the polls in my hectic schedule.”
Another question in the survey was about which issues are top of mind when they vote. Reproductive rights was the favorite followed by climate and the economy.