It's never too soon to start a good habit, and voting is a good habit to have.
In keeping with that philosophy, Mt. Juliet High School and the Wilson County Election Commission teamed up Friday to hold a student body officer election. The election involved freshmen, sophomores and juniors voting for 2013-14 class officers.
In less than two hours, about 600 students cast votes in the election. Students conducted the election with procedures similar to those used in federal, state and county elections, with student election officials checking voters' photo identification and verifying who was eligible to vote.
"The voting system used for this election was the same system used for every election in Wilson County," said Wilson County Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren. "The WCEC appreciates the opportunity to work with the faculty and students at Mt. Juliet High School to hold this election. We welcome any opportunity to have young people, educators and the public have hands-on experience with voting and elections.”
Warren had high praise for the faculty members who made the election happen.
“Working with teachers Blake Hall, Angela Bates, Megan Grabinski, Jennifer Wallace, Josh Seal, John McGee and Mike Duncan and the students was a pleasure,” Warren said. “They planned and ran an organized election with procedures that reflect how fair and legal elections are held in Tennessee.”
Warren said the idea of the school elections is to make students aware of their rights and responsibilities in a democracy.
“For these students, this voting experience will, hopefully, be the start of a long tradition of exercising their rights and proudly voting,” Warren said.