Surprising number of high school students registering to vote

City Clerk cites upcoming presidential election for uptick in teen voter registation

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – 18-year-old Ashley Lopez is a senior at Dean Technical High School. When she heard that City Clerk Brenna Murphy McGee was encouraging students to register to vote, Ashley was among the first in line. “I believe voting at my age is very good,” she said, “because we experience the adulthood we’re accepting.”

Jonathan Rosado is another 18-year-old who wasted no time registering to vote for a new president either on November 8th or during the early voting beginning on October 24th. City Clerk McGee was surprised by the enthusiastic turnout of newly registered teenage voters.

“I actually have been surprised in a positive way,” McGee told 22News. “We’ve done voter registration in high school in the past. The students didn’t seem to be too engaged in the election process. But now with the presidential election coming up, there’s so much attention to this upcoming presidential election.”

A new law permits voter registration for 16 and 17-year-olds. They’ll only be able to vote after they’ve turned 18. In the past few weeks, the city clerk has registered nearly 100 students at Holyoke’s two high schools.