Members of the Hastings chapter of the League of Women Voters attest that the greatest obstacle to getting youths to the polls is taking the initial plunge.
“If we can show young people how easy it is to register and to vote, they will be more likely to come back consistently,” said Donna Dill, league treasurer and the organization’s past president.
With that hurdle in mind, members of the League of Women Voters are setting up voter registration booths at area high schools and colleges throughout the month and are encouraging area residents age 17 and older to fill out their paperwork.
League members provide voter registration applications, polling maps, voting tips and other materials at the tables. When high school students, teachers or staff stop by, registration takes less than 10 minutes.
Any Adams County resident who will be 18 by the Nov. 4 general election can vote in the Nebraska primary May 13. This is especially critical this year as those youths will have the opportunity to vote on the Hastings Public Schools bond issue that is slated to renovate and update the district’s elementary sites.
“There are issues that directly affect our young people,” Dill said. “We’re trying to encourage kids to make decisions about their government and not to let older people make all the choices for them. They have just as much say as we do.”