With flags waving and chanting ‘Panthers at the Polls,’ a group of seniors from Duncanville High School loaded onto school buses on the last day of early voting and headed the city library to cast their ballots for the first time.
Senior class president Jariah Cole organized the event. “A lot of times as youth, we tend to think it doesn’t really matter, but it’s important for our needs to be met and our voices to be heard,” Jariah said.
Members of the high school’s Youth and Government club began their push in October, working during their lunch periods to sign up seniors who were already 18. By the time they were finished, they had signed up more than 100 first-time voters.
Friday, more than 40 of those students cast their ballots at the Duncanville Public Library.
Youth and Government sponsor Steven Cain said they have held registration drives in the past, but this is the first year they’ve actually gone as a group to the polls.
“This gets me in the heart,” Cain said. “I had some of these kids in eighth grade, and now to see them grown up and following through on what I taught them about the importance of voting, it’s really rewarding.
The Youth and Government students are excited to see the impact of their vote. They’re planning a party at the high school so they can watch the returns as they come in on election day.