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Texas Secretary of State David Whitley visits alma mater

Posted at 5:50 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 18:50:41-05

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley made a trip to his alma mater, Alice High School,  to convey one message. Get young folks to register to vote.

At my age, we’re kind of the future,” said Jacqueline Guerra, a senior at Alice High School.

“Voting really comes down to the kind of change you want to see,” said Ryan Rodriguez, also a senior at Alice H.S.

Voter turnout in the 2018 Texas midterm elections increased by 18 percentage points compared with the previous midterm, according to the United States Elections Project.

And seniors at Alice High shared how they feel both major and minor elections are affecting them even at a young age.

“Those changes may not affect us at the moment but they’re going to definitely come,” said Rodriguez.

This is the second school the secretary has visited this year as part of his statewide tour.

“Just getting everybody out here together I feel like that’s a good sign for the government,” said Rodriguez. Now we’re pushing these young kids to keep voting and to keep doing more.”

The secretary is making it a competition to see which high school in Texas has the most registered voters. And the Alice Coyotes seem to be on board.

“If I have my own opinion and I want to change what’s going on in the world right now I have the opportunity to go out and vote and make that happen,” said Guerra.