Wilson County Election Commission provided support for four high school student body elections this past week.
Lebanon High School, Mt. Juliet High School, Friendship Christian School and Brentwood High School all voted for their 2014-2015 class officers with more than 2,500 students participating in the process.
Student body elections are conducted using voting equipment like voters use on Election Day. Students and faculty administer their school elections and operate the voting machines. The Wilson County Election Commission has a program specifically created for high school students. In 2014, Phillip Warren, administrator of Elections, and Tammy Smith, assistant administrator, made the presentation to 14 classes throughout the county.
“Providing voting education and supporting the students with their elections is an important part of our mission at the Election Commission,” Warren said. “Students are participating in democracy in a ‘hands on’ way and, hopefully, beginning a lifelong tradition of voting.”
Smith added, “Spending time with students in the classroom, showing them what is involved in elections and the importance of voting has been a great experience for us and the students. These students are the next generation of Wilson County voters.”
Registering eligible students in Wilson County high schools to vote is, also, an ongoing project for the Election Commission. So far, 173 students have registered to vote through high school registration efforts in 2014.
Wilson County assisted the Williamson County Election Commission at Brentwood High while they are involved in early voting for a May 6 primary.
The Election Commission has programs available for groups interested in learning more about elections and voting in Wilson County. Organizations may contact the Election Commission to inquire about the availability of a presentation by calling (615) 444-0216.
Friendship Christian School students voting, from left, are Madeline Bales and Gene Carman IV.
Lebanon High School Election Team, from left, back, are Sebastian Arredondo, Katlin Eakes, Dalton Teel, Steven Sheffey, Ivan Aligada; front, Christina Amderson, Kristen Dillon, Erin Hensley, faculty sponsor; and Joey Ingram, Student Council advisor.
Mt. Juliet High School Election Team, from left, are Hunter Winters, Ryan Ruppel, Savannah Reese, Emily Adams, Dalton Gibson, Gregory Albert, Logan Jones and Blake Hall, faculty sponsor. Photos submitted