Op-ed: Youth Need to Vote

By Carson Eckhard

This article originally appeared in Philly Metro. You can view the original post here.

In my Tampa, Florida high school in 2016, I learned the hard way that voting wasn’t an excused absence. The line at the poll was long. When I arrived at school, I was sent to the school office where they put a new tardy mark on my record. Why, I wondered, couldn’t voting be an excused absence?

Now that I go to university here, I see that it can be. Philadelphia’s public school district is closed Nov. 3, so that Philadelphia high school students, and more than 18,000 teachers and staff can vote and volunteer. That’s certainly something to celebrate. But it’s time to think bigger.