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What can be done to motivate young voters? Students answer

From focusing on local issues and making voting a requirement to lowering the voting age, middle and high school students from PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs got ideas from teenagers across the country about how to motivate young people to head to the polls.

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  • Gunnar Spencer, Westview HS (San Diego, CA):

    In order to get more kids to vote, I think we can focus on issues that are more local or at the state level because I think those are going to impact people the most.

  • Mark Cabalse, Maui HS (Kahului, HI):

    I think the only way to get people to vote more is making voting required.

  • Noelle Lo, Maui HS (Kahului, HI):

    Lower the voting age to around 16 because I feel like if we start voting at a younger age or becoming routine then it'll just be a thing that we do that we remember to do, instead of getting caught up in all this college work and all the school work.

  • Aaron Spearman, Fort Mill HS (Fort Mill, SC):

    I think that the argument of people being able to drive and having jobs at 16 I don't think that's a valid reason for them to be able to vote because a lot of people still cannot take care of themselves and they still rely heavily on other influences in life.

  • Lauren Craig, Communications Arts HS (San Antonio, TX):

    I've been pushing my friends to vote and those that can register to register and I'm going to be driving my friends on Election Day to election polls and booths, so absolutely if If age was 16 I'd be voting.

  • Joseph Izampuye, Judge Memorial HS (Salt Lake City, UT):

    If the school really encourages it and the teachers encourages it and in fact make it a part of the class, part of the course, part of the curriculum it can be really encouraging.

  • Emily Franceschi, Blackstone-Millville HS (Blackstone, MA):

    I don't think efforts like Rock the Vote or celebrities trying to influence young people on voting is a good idea because since these celebrities are so influential they're really not giving information on politics. They're just kind of giving their opinions out there.

  • Michael Pulsipher, Madison HS (Rexburg, ID):

    I think that celebrities it's their responsibility as the public figures of and role models of people to promote good behavior and participating in political process is good behavior as a citizen. It's a responsibility it's not a requirement. But you should always do it and people should always be promoting that.

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