Socorro High School students took part in a mock presidential election this week giving them a hands-on experience and awareness of the nation’s voting process.
The event gave the Bulldogs a chance to understand what it means to exercise your right to vote and get a feel for what will happen when they turn 18 and can register.
“I now know that my vote matters,” said 17-year-old Miranda Contreras, who voted in the mock election. “It’s exciting. In a few months, I will be able to register and really vote during an election. It’s a big responsibility.”
More than 100 students exercised their right at Socorro’s mock election. The school used real voting booths borrowed from the El Paso County Election office. Voting occurred during the school’s two lunch hours.
“We had a good turnout,” said Elizabeth Duran, Socorro High School’s student activities director. “We wanted to do this to make sure students understand how it works and not be afraid to vote. We wanted to show them it’s easy and very important.”
Registering was a huge step for Miguel Zamarripa, who will turn 18 in October. The senior has been patiently waiting for his time.
“I feel like I have a say on my future,” Zamarripa said, after filling out the registration card. “My vote counts.”
Anyone 17 year olds may register and vote in primary elections if they turn 18 before the next general election, according to www.usa.gov