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Encouraging young people to vote

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Kian Searcy says that when this time of year rolls around, helping students be more knowledgeable and ready to vote becomes part of his job. Kian Searcy says that when this time of year rolls around, helping students be more knowledgeable and ready to vote becomes part of his job.
While there is a bit of a stereotype that young people don't care much about voting, some students at Lima Senior are proving that they do care about voicing their opinion. While there is a bit of a stereotype that young people don't care much about voting, some students at Lima Senior are proving that they do care about voicing their opinion.

This year's midterm election will be the first time that many 18-year olds throughout the country and right in our area will be able to vote. But with it being the first election they participate in, it's possible that some of these young people may not know what to do or who to vote for - and that's where one Lima Senior government teacher steps in.

Kian Searcy says that when this time of year rolls around, helping students be more knowledgeable and ready to vote becomes part of his job.

"I always try to encourage all my 18-year olds to vote, and when I teach government, I told them that if they don’t vote, they can’t complain - so I encourage them to go out there and vote and voice their opinion and try to keep them educated on the issues that are on their ballot, who they’re voting for what they’re voting for, and kind of just building in information base that makes them interested and get them out there to vote," Searcy said.

While there is a bit of a stereotype that young people don't care much about voting, some students at Lima Senior are proving that they do care about voicing their opinion.

"You have to go, you have to vote, if you’re not informed you're not going to be able to vote; I know that’s how a lot of people think, that their opinion doesn’t matter, but that’s not true, you have to go and vote, it’s the only way you’re going to be able to make a difference nowadays," said Connor Brayton, a senior.

"It’s important to stay informed of what’s going on and it’s important to know that what we think it has its own importance - what we think can change the tide of the country, one little vote could change everything," said Cassandra Phillips, a senior.

Searcy also ran an informational voting program earlier in the year to help students get ready for election day.

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