DSTS sponsor voter registration at WPHS

By: 
DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

Senior year is an exciting time for students, most are, or will be, 18 years old soon. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., have been bringing the idea of registering young voters to West Point High School for several years. The ladies set up a table and help those students who are, or will be 18 years old by November, become eligible to vote in the next election.
"We aren't interested in how they plan to cast their ballot," Bettye Swift, member of DSTS, said. "We want them to be registered and eligible to vote. They need to participate and feel a part of the election process."

Swift doesn't want the students to just register and then do nothing. She wants them to understand how important it is to vote.
"Don't just put your name down, go to the polls and vote," Swift said. "It is your civic duty. A lot of these young people don't know they can register now if they are 17 and will have their eighteenth birthday before election day. We want to get the word out."

Alisa Poole was the first student to stop at the table to see what the Delta's were offering.
"Everybody needs to vote," Poole said. "This is how everyone has their voice heard. It's too important not to vote, you can't complain about who is in office if you don't vote."
Making sure those who are eligible are able to register to vote, is only one of the community service projects the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., are involved with throughout the year.

Zabian Wingo registered to vote while the Delta's were at WPHS.
"It is important to vote because this is part of the real world," Wingo said. "We need to be able to control our own futures and this is a good place to start."

The Deltas also talked to the students about considering to be poll workers.
"Everyone need to vote," Wesley Gasking said. "Everyone's vote counts. I'm looking forward to my first time to vote being in a Presidential election."

Tylan Douglas said he wants to vote so his voice can be heard.
"I want to vote for someone who will run the country right," Douglas said. "I don't like the idea of being at war with another country. At the end of the day, we are all human beings who love our families and want to return home."

Joyce Prowell with the DSTS Inc., said ii is so very important to get the students registered to vote now, so they will be able to vote from now on.
"People died to give us all that right," Prowell said. "These young people don't know what people have sacrificed and endured to give us all the right to vote. It's too important to be taken for granted."

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