A handful of Washington County's youth who will be eligible to vote for the first time in November's election said this week that they feel excited-and have a burden of responsibility.
It's refreshing to hear from teens that they're following the election coverage and really taking the decisions they'll make on the ballot to heart.
America's youth has always been a segment of the population with lower voter turnout and we hope that won't be the case Nov. 6 in our area.
Voting is an important right and responsibility, whether or not it is a presidential election year.
Hopefully, those 18-year-olds eager to vote for Romney or Obama this fall will also head to the polls next year and vote for local representatives or council members.
It's never been easier for young people to get engaged in the election process. They don't have to read newspapers or watch debates on TV if they don't choose to. There is a wealth of information online, or on your phone via Twitter and other sources. Voters should be cautious that they are getting information from reliable sources but should take advantage of being able to quickly and easily access information 24/7.
Those new to voting should take the lead from their peers featured in The Marietta Times this week and be excited, be a bit anxious, and mostly importantly, register and vote when the time comes.