First time voters, lifetime voters

Greater Lafayette High Schools hope to make first time voters, lifetime voters. Lafayette Jeff, Harrison, McCutcheon and West Lafayette schools hosted early voting day today.

Posted: May 4, 2018 6:44 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Greater Lafayette High Schools hope to make first time voters, lifetime voters. Lafayette Jeff, Harrison, McCutcheon and West Lafayette schools hosted early voting day today.

It's never exactly how you pictured, but Lafayette Jeff Senior Justin Cooper says his first time voting was pretty close.

"It reminded me a lot of just a standardized test," said Cooper. 

One Cooper already knew the answers to because of class research.

Hannah Larma says their Government teacher prepared them well for this election.

"In class, we watched part of the debate between the sheriffs," said Larma. 

"You might wonder if they're ready," said Larma's Government teacher Grant Fischer. "But the amount of research that these kids did in government class and the teachers seeing it, they are more than ready. I mean, they did more research than your average resident."

The new program is called, "First time, Lifetime Voters".

"Approximately 10 percent of ages 18 to 30 are participating in our system so it's nice that the league of women voters spearheaded this effort to get the youth vote out, get people interested," said Tippecanoe County Election Board President Randy Vonderheide.

Not only did the program open early voting sites at several Tippecanoe County high schools, it also allowed students to work the polls.

"I think it's fun actually, got to meet a lot of people, got to register a lot of people and it's cool to be involved in a lot of students' first time voting," said Mackenzie Lipps.

"I get out of class so, that's like the highlight," added Paul Farmer. 

They get paid for working the polls too. Many of these students don't think they would have voted if it weren't for this opportunity.

"It was a no brainer for me to come in here and easily vote," said Cooper. 

Cooper hopes voting will be this easy in the future.

"I do think that it will be more work to stay informed," said Cooper.

The Primary Election is this Tuesday. Polls are open from 6 AM to 6 PM.

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