Haratsaris registers students to vote


Hailey Cingel, Staff Writer

  Every two years, elections for government office and proposed legislation take place. Some students had already turned 18 for the past midterm election, there are many who will be eligible for the next presidential election in 2020.

  As a result, Government teacher Emmanuel Haratsaris registers his students to vote every semester.  

  Haratsaris has already registered students for the semester, and these students are very excited to vote and have the comfort of knowing they are already registered.

  “I’m really excited to vote in the next election. It’s really empowering knowing that I have a voice in government and knowing that I’m already registered at 16. And now that I don’t have to worry about registering later on, it just gets me more excited to vote in a couple of years,” stated Megan Paczas, ‘20.

  Haratsaris hopes to encourage students to get out to the polls at the next election and feels that registering students is part of being a government teacher.

  “I think that as a government teacher, it’s part of my job. I think it’s my responsibility to educate students on the voting process, and

how the government works. And with my theory, I think if I can get one excuse out of their hands, as far as why they wouldn’t vote, then I think we’re in a good place,” stated Haratsaris.

  In recent years, the number of youth voters has risen drastically.  From the 2014 midterm election, to the 2018 midterms, the youth turnout was 10 percent higher.  Haratsaris hopes that by registering his students, they will become more likely to join the millions of others who vote at every election.

  “I think the importance of voting is the fact that everyone has a voice in their government. Not every country has that ability, and not everyone in our country has that ability as well, so to me, to voice your opinion in who represents our government is important,” stated Haratsaris.

  The next Presidential election is in 2020, and Haratsaris hopes that all eligible students will go out and vote at that time.  If you are not in his class and didn’t register yet, you can still do so on your own, whether it be online, getting a paper form, or registering at the Secretary of State.