Letters to the Editor: Soldotna Middle School students encourage people to vote

I am an 8th grade student at Soldotna Middle School. My name is Chantel and I still have over four years before I can vote, but I will when I turn 18. This letter was a class assignment but this is also something that does concern me. I went with my mom and dad to vote both in the August primary election and last month’s regular election for the Borough. The primary election had a better voter turnout then the borough but was still far below what it should be. We had our local Regular election for Borough assembly and school board and only a little more than 15 percent of registered voters turned out. The polling place I went to with my dad in Sterling had only 2.7 percent voter turnout. As American citizens we have not only the right to vote but the civic duty to vote. We have the duty to choose our leaders and a have a say about how our government works. In the last election a Borough Assembly seat was decided by 17 votes. Seventeen votes were all that made the difference. It only takes a few minutes of your time and you never know, your vote might just be the difference. Please don’t let the few out there that say your vote doesn’t count make up your mind for you. Thanks for taking time to read my letter. Remember in the time it took you to read this you could have voted. So get out and vote on November 6th!

Chantel Warfield, Student

Soldotna Middle School

Hi, my name is Joseph I’m an 8th grader at Soldotna Middle School. The voter turnout in recent and past elections has been extremely low. In 2008 there was a 5 million voter turnout increase in the presidential election and even with that increase, the voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election was 57 percent. That’s a little over half of the voters. This is an issue everyone should be concerned about. If you don’t vote, you’re letting others make decisions for you and your family. Some of these decisions may be good or may be bad. The low voter turnout should change in future elections, presidential or not. If you know someone who needs a ride, offer one or if you are someone who needs a ride, tag along with a family member or friend. If you aren’t able to vote on election day, absentee and early voting are available now. Thank you for your time and thank you for getting out there and voting.

Joseph Childers

SMS student

Hello my name is Ronnie Meehan and I am 13 years old. I am a history student at Soldotna Middle. The issue I bring to you today is the extremely low voter turnout which is a startling 15 percent on average, in the last election. This is a huge reoccurring problem that needs to be solved no matter if is a federal level or a state level election, a mayor or the president. The politicians that are in office have a major impact on the community they represent.

You may be asking “well what can we do about it?” The answer to that question is we, the people, need to step up and vote. Your vote does count. If your neighbor’s car breaks down, offer to drive them there. If you’re going on vacation take an absentee ballot. If you’re worried about a storm, go to vote early. So thank you for reading and for get out there and voting on November 6th.

Ronnie Meehan

Soldotna Middle School

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