Register to vote for midterms
By Chloe Wilhelm - Staff Reporter
Make a difference and register to vote in this fall's elections by attending Highline's upcoming Voter Registration Drive.
The event, which will be on May 22, will give students the opportunity to register to vote online, which takes around five minutes.
Students can register if they will be 17 years old by the time of the next election, which can be either the August primary election or the November general election.
They must also be a U.S. citizen and have a valid Washington state ID, such as a driver's license.
Students will also have the chance to update their information if they have moved since the last election.
This year's elections will feature state legislative, congressional, and judicial races.
Astrid Duenas, speaker of the caucus for Highline's student government, is helping to organize the drive. She said that these elections are very important, since local government has a large impact on people's day-to-day lives.
She explained that everything from higher education funding to receiving clean water relates back to state and local government.
"Government is in everything you do," she said. "No matter who you are, government affects you."
Duenas said that voting is important because it is a way for students to get involved and make a difference.
"It's your voice," she said. "It's how you show your opinions in political matters."
Despite the importance of voting, Duenas said that many people decide not to vote.
She said that some of the reasons for this can include a lack of information, a belief that their vote won't count, having difficulty voting, or because they aren't registered to vote.
However, she said that there are many things being done to make it easier for people to vote, and said that it is now easier than ever to get involved.
"There's so much being done to get people to vote and get people involved," she said.
Duenas said that people can vote easily with mail-in ballots, and with online voter registration, people can register to vote in minutes.
She explained that it is important to educate people on the importance of voting so they have the drive to get involved.
"If people don't understand the impact they can have, they won't be interested in getting involved," she said.
The voter registration drive will be on May 22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 8, in front of the Fireside Bistro.