Ralph Burns, outreach coordinator with the Elections Division of the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, visited Star City High School on April 20 to register students to vote. Those who will turn 18 before election day were eligible to register.


Burns spoke to Star City High School students about election laws. He also answered questions about the voting process, such as different ways students can vote when they move away to go to college, according to a news release.


Students completed voter registration forms that will allow them to participate in upcoming elections.


During the program, Burns taught students to how to use an actual electronic voting machine and allowed them to practice casting a sample ballot.


Star City High School art teacher Roger Darren High organized the voter registration event.


This is the 6th time High has worked with Burns to register students to vote (twice for Star City and four times for Dermott High School), according to the release.


“Helping our students to become registered voters is one of the most important things we can do as educators,” High said. “Becoming a registered voter is an important step to helping our students make the transition from student to responsible citizen.”


“It is important that we teach our students to become politically active and to exercise their right to vote,” said High. “By voting in local, state, and national elections students can have a voice in the political process and help decide what kind of government we will have.”