Activating young people ahead of 2018 elections
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engage his peers and help them get registered once they reached 18 years
old in the 2016 and 2017 election cycles.
Siddarth emphasizes the importance of voting in local elections. “Mock
elections would help young people learn how the voting process works and
what’s going on locally in town. If you want a city park, what’s your opinion on
it? The small stuff matters too,” Siddarth said.
He says Michigan will vote for a new governor this November 8th: “We have to
know the candidates’ characters and who they are” to cast an informed vote.
When not taking an active role in his AP Government and Politics class, he
helps out his mother at Mai Family Services, a clinic that supports South Asian
victims and survivors of domestic violence in Michigan.
Students and community members spent
a whole day in the library of Canton High
School, a sprawling campus in Greater
Detroit, to attend the Norman Y. Mineta
Leadership Institute Training on Saturday,
Siddarth Chhettri, 16 years old, is one of
many Detroit students who recognize why
they must get out the vote in 2018 and
beyond. “We just want a bigger voice in the
community, more representation from our
side because voter turnout is low in our
community. We need to get more people
involved in [civic] activities,” Siddarth, Novi
High School student, said.
What does that look like? He helped plan
mock elections at his high school to