Many BCHS students excited to vote in local and national elections

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Maddie Barbar, News Editor

The 2020 election is being called a “historic high” for the amount of youth voters showing up to voting booths. As of Oct. 23, more than 5 million young people (ages 18-29) had voted early or absentee in the 2020 elections, including nearly 3 million in key battleground states, according to statistics compiled by the CIRCLE research center at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Some of Chatard’s seniors are a part of this statistic.

Senior Hannah Chapman was old enough to vote in this election, and she decided to get her vote in early. Chapman said, “I voted because I want to be a part of the change. I wanted to be part of something that is bigger than myself.”

The right to vote is a huge responsibility given to citizens 18 or older. Chapman said that after she turned in her ballot she “felt a sense of gratitude because I am so thankful to be the age that is going to create change.”

Many other BCHS seniors have been fortunate enough to vote in this election. Senior Sophie Minnick got to cast her ballot this year as well. Minnick said, “It feels really special to be able to have your opinion accounted for; and I encourage everyone to vote when they have their opportunity.”

Many political strategists and experts are hoping that this rise in voters momentum will continue even after the 2020 election. Senior Mason McDonald said, “I decided to vote because I thought I should take advantage of the government taking my opinion into consideration.”