Senator Underwood Asks Students How They Feel About Voting

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Among the topics was her recently introduced bill 27 which will give 17-year-olds the right to vote if passed into law.

Guam – Since Simon Sanchez High was the first school to host a new voter registrar this year, Senator Nerissa Underwood visited the Yigo campus to get a gage of how students feel about her bill that will give 17-year-olds the right to vote if passed into law.

 

Students taking the American Government class participated in a Question and Answer forum with Senator Underwood this morning. Underwood wanted to engage students in a conversation about social issues, recent laws, bills introduced and anything else the students wanted to know about. Among the topics was her recently introduced bill 279. Senator Underwood says she was inspired by the recent judicial ruling in Ohio that will allow anyone 17 years of age to vote in the presidential primary election so long as they turn 18 by the time of the general election. 

Underwood addressed students, “To me, as your leader, take advantage of this as someone in the Legislature, to tell me what it is that’s important for you for me to address in the Legislature. I believe it’s up to us and this group to reach out to us, it has to be a joint responsibility. The more that you participate in social issues and civic issues, the more you make your voices known, the better will be in our community.”

SSHS Teacher Jun Escalona said, “They’re young adults and they’ll be voting age soon. A lot of them may feel that maybe their vote may not count but we have to make them realized that their vote should be heard in terms of voting.”Underwood’s bill 279 piggy-backs Senator Mary Torres’ bill that was signed into law that allows 16-year-olds to pre-register for.”Underwood’s bill 279 piggy-backs Senator Mary Torres’ bill that was signed into law that allows 16-year-olds to pre-register for

Underwood’s bill 279 piggy-backs Senator Mary Torres’ bill that was signed into law that allows 16-year-olds to pre-register for upcoming election.