First-time voters from Hancock College Prep cast ballots in Illinois primary election

First-time voters from Hancock College Prep cast ballots in Illinois primary election

CHICAGO (TOC) — There was a “parade to the polls” for first-time voters as some highschool college students solid their ballots for this month’s major election.

The scholars had been making the most of their voting rights, as they’re now sufficiently old to solid their poll within the upcoming major elections.

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“I really feel like I wanted to do that, not just for simply my sake, however for different individuals’s sake,” mentioned Malany, a senior at Hancock Faculty Prep.

The nonprofit Chicago Votes put the occasion collectively, bussing college students in from the South Aspect’s Hancock Faculty Prep to the early voting middle within the Loop. There was even a DJ on website and helpers readily available to create a particular first-time voting expertise for the scholars.

“It was simpler than I’d’ve anticipated, actually,” Malany mentioned.

It is particular for these college students to lastly make their voices heard on totally different insurance policies they care about. One 18-year-old transgender scholar was excited to solid a poll firstly of Delight month, pushing for extra LGBTQ+ rights.

“It is a large honor to have the ability to come out right here now that I am 18 and truly have my voice be heard,” senior Connor Wallace mentioned. “It feels prefer it’s been a very long time coming.”

Different college students are hoping their vote makes a distinction with regards to gun management legal guidelines… as current mass shootings impression college students similar to them nationwide.

“What do you want an assault rifle for? Possibly a handgun,” senior Mariana Pena mentioned. “I really feel like handguns individuals can personal, however there must be much more management. You should not be capable to go to Walmart and purchase that form of weapon. It is too accessible.”

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