On February 17th and 18th, the staff of the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission conducted brief presentations to approximately three hundred students from all the Government classes at Pickens High School. The presentations included discussion of all the upcoming elections through November 2012, and also emphasized the importance of voting by showcasing past elections that were extremely close.
After the presentation, the students were allowed to cast ballots in a fun election on the iVotronic voting machines where they could vote on things like their favorite type of barbeque sauce, favorite NASCAR driver, favorite college football team, and favorite fair food.
“It is very important for our teens to understand the importance of both registering to vote and voting,” said Rodney Allen, Executive Director of the Registration and Elections Commission. Seventy-five students who would be at least 18-years old on or before the November 2011 municipal elections were registered to vote. Students were also given the opportunity to signup to be poll workers.