High School Seniors Get in the Spirit of Voting

High School Seniors Get in the Spirit of Voting

"How important it is, shows a little bit of the history of voting, talks about the importance of what the military has done for us,” Miller said, “And (we try) to get them into the spirit that this is important."

Frederick County, Va. - "I registered to vote because I think it's important to voice your opinion," said Katherine Tincher, a senior at James Wood High School, shortly after registering to vote.

The Registrar's Office in Frederick County is getting in front of students, so they can get in front of politics.

"I feel that as part of the people I should share my voice in our government," said Brian Baker, who is also a senior at James Wood, and also chose to register to vote on Friday.

Since becoming Registrar in 2005, Rick Miller has been going from classroom to classroom, encouraging high school seniors to register. His senior seminar covers all the bases when it comes to understanding the voting process.

"How important it is, shows a little bit of the history of voting, talks about the importance of what the military has done for us,” Miller said, “And (we try) to get them into the spirit that this is important."

"I didn't know that the bill or law had been passed that you needed a voter ID, or a photo ID to vote,” said Tincher. “That's something that's new to me."

"When you move to a new location, you do have to change your driver’s license and voting registration overtime,” said Baker.

Miller says about 200 students register to vote each time he visits a high school, which starts to add up even after just a few visits.

"Oh yes,” he said, “Because the county keeps growing, our numbers keep going up."

Those who want to register only need to answer seven questions on the voter registration form and a social security number.

After Miller's job is done, students continue to take interest in American government.

"I think one of the main things I’ve learned in my AP class is not necessarily a lesson in the textbook. It's a lesson in opinion and respecting others," said Tincher.

The registrar's office will also be visiting Millbrook High School and Sherando High School before the end of January.

For more information about registering to vote in Virginia, and to view and print a voter’s registration from, click here.

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