In the last presidential election, one out of every five voters was younger than 29. Some local high school seniors are hoping to bring that number up next time, and they want to do that by lowering the age at which one can register to vote. Being a high school senior can be busy, as Jake Bruckner and Shayn Dow know. The two Omaha South students’ days are packed with clubs, sports, and work. Now, they have one more thing to squeeze onto their resumes.
Working with Nebraska State Senator, Amanda McGill, on a bill that would allow 16-year-olds to register to vote. “Omaha South’s community is a very youthful community,” said Shayn. “So having us start and sponsor this bill is actually a huge opportunity because we can target the future voters.” Both said they hope to spark the 2,000 plus students into become interested in politics and local issues at a younger age.