High School Students Register To Vote In School

Posted at 8:16 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 21:16:33-05

The main lobby at Overton high school turned into a voter registration site for eligible 17 and 18 year olds Wednesday.

Several Mayor's Youth Council representatives were on hand like Yn'kioko Tillery.  "Last year only two percent ages 18 to 24 voted, and we're trying to double that because voting is your biggest right at this age," she said.
A spokesperson for The Davidson County Election Commission Nancy Dekalb said they brought in voting machines to four of the 33 high schools they plan to visit.

"The booths are a good way to help students registering so they can then make the conection to voting," she said.  "It also gives them a chance to try to practice on a voting machine."

First students registered then headed over to a booth and once inside, Tillery said, they answered a special ballot. 

"They have five multiple choice questions, and theyre answering questions like if you have to choose today what do you want in your community," said Tillery.

With a presidential election taking place this year, students like Gabriel Nartey have learned how to make a difference.  "I feel like people have been saying your votes don't matter like the government is corrupt, and I don't believe that," he said.  "I believe that everybody has a right."

You can register to vote at 17, but you can't actually vote until your 18.  The presidential and county primary is March 1.  You have until February 1  to register.  If you need more information on how to do that visit