FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Secretary of State Mac Warner awarded five Fayette County schools for having over 80% of their students registered to vote.
Each year Warner presents the Jennings Randolph Award to area high schools that registers student’s to vote. Jennings Randolph was the driving force who helped lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
On Thursday Warner visited Fayetteville Highschool among other local high schools to congratulate them and award them a plaque.
Warner finds it important that the youth become active and participate in voting to help create change.
“We’ve got the economy, the opioid crisis, education issues and all these need to be addressed. If we can get the young people involved there the ones living in it there the ones getting that education, or not getting that education we want them to participate with their first hand experiences it’s needed to fix the problems in the state,” Warner said.
Warner hopes that this accomplishment encourages the incoming senior classes in WV to register to vote.