AUSTIN, Minn.- With election day in less than two weeks, students at Austin High School are hearing from a state official about the importance of casting a vote.
Students taking government classes got the chance to listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon. He spoke about the meaning of voting and how everyone who is able to cast a vote should.
These students are learning more about the government in this course, but Simon believes it’s also a great opportunity to make these trips so they can see firsthand what state officials do.
He hopes that this presentation shows these students that their vote and voice matters.
“This is all about getting good habits started early,” said Simon. “The idea is if students think of themselves as voters before they actually are voters, then they’re more likely to vote when they can and then they’re going to make it a lifelong habit. In Minnesota we have a culture that encourages voting.”
Simon expects a high voting turnout for Minnesotans this year.