By Cierra Pryor
The Williamston Post
EAST LANSING, Mich. – While registering to vote for the primary is coming to a close as of Feb. 8. Students as well as adults encourage their peers to register to vote for the primary election.
Social worker Doretha Porter works at Dochas Inc., a counseling service for young adults, whose office is located in Jackson, MI. Porter works throughout high schools in Lansing, Chelsea, and Jackson.
“Voting is arguably the most civic opportunity given to citizens in the United States,” said Porter. “A part of my job is youth development, we encourage students to register to vote when eligible.The decisions being made now will affect their future because they are the next generation.”
Students of the younger generation who are already registered believe that the media is trying to get the younger generation informed by highlighting important events on social media outlets; which they believe is a great way to get more youth involved with the election.
“Snapchat and Twitter have been trending with the primary election many times. I find myself tweeting about it using hashtags hoping to reach some of the people my age for those who have not registered yet.” Said Michigan State University junior Kiosha Miller social science major. “Everybody’s voice needs to be heard; our generation needs to wake up because our next leader will affect us in a good or bad way and I believe we all should have a say.”
Some students have also taken matters into their own hands by encouraging other students to register. While others debated back and forth on the importance of registering.
“I don’t want to be the person to complain about who’s in office and didn’t vote. I drew a concern once I asked some of my friends if they were registering, and they told me it’s not a big deal,” said Michigan State University freshman Arlene Duncan business marketing major. “I have found that politics are not a priority to some, which I understand. What needs to be expressed to our generation is that we need to engage if we want to be or make the change.”