HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – For the sixth consecutive year, Holyoke City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee pre-registered Holyoke High School students to vote when they turn 18.
The 35 students who signed up Monday during lunch break is the largest one day number since the clerk introduced voter registration to Holyoke’s high schools.
Seventeen-year-old senior Jack Shea is anxious to vote when he turns 18. He told 22News, “Honestly it’s pretty good, another step towards adulthood, being an active member of America.”
“It is great to see, especially when you see a 17 year old, and they’re really eager to get their name out there,” McGee said.
She added, “I am very excited that we are able to pre-register 16 and 17 year olds, so that on their 18th birthday they will automatically be on the voting list. I believe this is a very good step towards increasing voter turnout and also getting our youth engaged in the elections process.”
McGee has signed up some 100 students since she began pre-registering high school students. When they turn 18, their names will automatically appear on the voting rolls.
“I think it is important to visit the high school at least once or twice a year to show students that voter participation is not only important in presidential elections but also in our statewide and local elections. Our local elections directly impact our city and schools and I think it is crucial that the young voters are engaged and voicing their opinions through voting. I always look forward to the opportunity to visit Holyoke High School where it brings me back to my old stomping grounds.”Holyoke City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee