TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma presidential primary is now just four months away. A Tulsa high school is encouraging those who are almost 18 years old to register to vote.
“It’s important for all the young people to get our voice heard," said Deaven Wallace, a senior at Will Rogers High School
70 seniors at Will Rogers High School registered to vote Wednesday. A new Oklahoma law allows 17 1/2-year-olds to register to vote. With the presidential election a year away, AP U.S. history teacher Emily Harris decided now was the time to get her students registered and involved.
“It’s not my job to tell students how to think," Harris said. "I present them with facts. I teach them about American history. And I hope that they, because of that, will understand the importance of voting.”
Students could fill out a voter registration form which the teachers will then mail for them. The students say it’s very important to speak up in this upcoming election.
“It’s important because not everybody gets to vote," said Damien Bonner, a senior a Will Rogers. "So we need to take this opportunity to get out there and let our voices be heard and start voting.”
Students also said the decisions being made now affect them long-term.
“The things older people vote for that we don’t get to vote for, we get stuck with it," said Tykari Humphrey, a senior at Will Rogers. "So, it’s very important for us to vote."
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