Teen Voting

A recent survey shows more teens are interested in voting more than ever before. Several students say the threat of terrorism and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have motivated them to vote.

Dr. Helge Swanson is a teacher at Chiles High School who believes teens who are eligible to vote could be the deciding factor in the upcoming presidential election.

Dr. Swanson, the American Government instructor, says, "I hope they have a big impact, and the biggest question there is whether or not our students will register to vote when they're able to and then get out and vote."

Crystal Adcock is a registered voter and is anxious to cast her ballot.

"I'm voting because I'm finally 18; I can finally have my voice heard and actually direct where our government is going and make some changes," she says.

Crystal is not alone.

Michael Rhody, a registered voter, says, "I plan on voting for Bush because I like his decisions, the way he did things, just most of the decisions he made were real good, I thought anyway."

Swanson is encouraging teens to take advantage of the resources available to them.

Dr. Swanson says, "It all starts at the county courthouse, and I know that our local supervisor of elections is very amenable to a lot of different ways. They have stations around Leon County, but if you're in doubt go to the county courthouse and start there."

He also says the impact teens will have on this upcoming election is what will keep the future of this country and civilization moving further down the road. People who are interested in voting in this year's upcoming election should do so before the October 4 deadline.