TAMPA BAY, Fla. — The latest polls indicate Florida’s Senate seat is neck-and-neck between Senator Bill Nelson and Governor Rick Scott. The governor’s race shows Andrew Gillum with a slight lead over Ron DeSantis.
So we ventured to Gaither High School for National Voter Registration Day see if some freshly turned 18-year-olds could swing the November votes.
Gaither High Class President Haley Zarcone said she understands democracy.
Zarcone was senator for her freshman year. She was then Vice President during her sophomore year and has been president two years in a row. She says she gets how important voting is.
“Every vote counts and one vote can sway,” she said. “I think more so information than bias is key.”
Tuesday, as her peers grabbed lunch, the nation’s newest adults in Hillsborough County also registered to vote, this time for the big leagues.
“If you don’t say anything then how is anybody going to know what you want,” student Dalyzia Jones-Foster said.
With the election six weeks away, Senate seat up for grabs and Florida’s next governor on the line, the 18-year-olds we spoke with said they won't just be our future, they‘re planning to determine it as well.
“Because it is up to us what happens next. What changes, what stays the same,” senior Chad Hence said. “At least be aware.”
Hence already registered over the summer.