Local schools put emphasis on voting

Print Article

Courtesy image

SHOSHONE COUNTY — The local high schools are making sure that they instill a sense of civic responsibility next week by making special concessions for voting aged students.

According to civicyouth.org, in 2016, a reported half of the eligible youth voters (aged 18-29) did not vote, making them the largest demographic of non-voters.

That age group makes up 31 percent of the eligible voting population, meaning that 15.5 percent of the biggest demographic simply didn’t vote.

Many of the reasons behind not voting were valid, but avoidable, things like no identification, no transportation, etc…, but one of the main issues was that they had school.

The local schools took notice of this and have made special arrangements for their voting-aged students so that Shoshone County won’t be part of that statistic this year.

“I think it’s important for our young people to vote so that they have a say in what’s going in our country, our state and our local governments,” Wallace Jr./Sr. High School principal Chris Lund said. “When we look at the records and how many young people aged 18 to 25 vote and it’s the lowest percentage in the country. If all of those young people went and voted, then they would have a real say in what happens in our government. It’s important for those kids to get out and vote, and represent themselves in a good way and make sure they have good impact on our community.”

Mullan High School principal Don Kotschevar looks at the idea as part of his and his staff’s responsibility to educate the students on the importance of voting.

“We live in a democratic society that is governed by the majority,” Kotschevar said. “It is our responsibility to teach the students how to vote.”

Wallace High School is allowing their voting aged students to be late for first hour with an excused tardy if they vote and can show their “I Voted” sticker as proof.

Kellogg High School will also make this exception for eligible voters with a 10 a.m. cutoff time as well as a “I Voted” sticker.

In Mullan, Kotschevar has organized a field trip of sorts for his government class and their voting-aged students to get to the polls and cast their votes.

Idaho allows voters to register at the polls on Election Day.

Voters will need to bring proof of ID with a photo and proof of Idaho residency, or they can register online at idahovotes.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration.

The polls will be open on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6) from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the following designated polling places:

Prichard/Murray — Murray Road Shop

Mullan — Mullan City Hall

Wallace — Wallace Congregational Church

Silverton — Silverwood Good Samaritan

Osburn — Osburn VFW Hall

Kellogg — Silver Valley Memorial Hall

Smelterville — Smelterville Lions Club

Pinehurst — Pinehurst Lions Club

Kingston/Cataldo — Kingston/Cataldo Sewer District Office

Print Article

Read More Local News

Wallace awarded Best Blues Festival title

November 14, 2018 at 1:00 am | Shoshone News-Press WALLACE — Residents of Wallace would say that they knew their blues festival was the best in the region already, but last Thursday, it was officially confirmed by the Inland Empire Blues Society at t...


Read More

Get ready for the lighting festival

November 14, 2018 at 1:00 am | Shoshone News-Press The 7th annual Kellogg Christmas Lighting Festival is next Saturday, Nov. 24, and with the plethora of events going on throughout the day, there should be something for everyone. The day’s festiviti...


Read More

Events calendar Nov. 14-20

November 14, 2018 at 1:00 am | Shoshone News-Press WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14 • Hospice of North Idaho Silver Valley grief counseling group from 11 a.m. to noon at Shoshone Medical Center, Classrooms 1 and 2. Facilitated by Megan Dardis Kunz, Hospice...


Read More

Kellogg JROTC has busy Veterans Day weekend

November 13, 2018 at 11:49 am | Shoshone News-Press KELLOGG — From Friday to Monday, people across the Silver Valley paid their respects to those who have served in the armed forces in one way or another. One of the popular options to do this was to...


Read More

Contact Us

(208) 752-1120
620 E Mullan Ave.
P.O. Box 589
Osburn, Idaho 83849

©2018 Shoshone News Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy