Delta Sigma Theta holds voter registration at WPHS

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., were at the West Point High School South Campus, to register eligible high school students to vote. Bettye Swift of the DSTS, assists Jamesha Randle, Lekia Quinn and Bentley Harris in registering to vote.
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The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., have community service at the heart of its organization.

A project they participate in each year is offering high school seniors who will be 18 before the next election cycle, the opportunity to register to vote. Friday, the ladies set up a table in the hall of West Point High School’s South Campus and talked to students about the importance of being eligible to vote.

"We try to get their attention as the come and go in the halls," Bettye Swift of the DSTS, said. "We ask if they are 18 or soon will be. We need them to put down basic information and have their drivers license or know the last four digits of their social security number."

Swift said young people should be encouraged to learn about local, state and national government to help them decide who to vote for in elections.

"We hope our young people are informed when they vote," Swift said. "Find the issues that matter to you and research where the candidates stand on those issues. Don't just take what someone says at face value. We don't want to influence anyone to vote either way. We just want young people to understand how important it is to vote."

When asked why Lekia Quinn was registering to vote, she said wants a new president, and she wants things to change. She said the government shutdown was not the right thing to do.

"I want to have a say in the next election," Jamesha Randle said. "I don't want people coming here illegally, but shutting down the government isn't the way to solve that problem."

Bentley Harris thought everyone should have their own opinion and participate in the elections.

"There are a lot of families who depend on government services and need them," Harris said. "There should have been another way to get everyone to agree to build the wall on the border. I want my income tax refund to get here on time. I need that money. I think we have more important things to think about. They need to pray about it."

Jimmy Bateman had been thinking about registering to vote, and the DSTS presented the perfect opportunity.

"I needed to register and this was convenient for me," Bateman said. "I feel like the government shutdown isn't the most practical way to solve the problem of needing to build a border wall. I don't think a wall is the answer to every problem."

Donte Holliday said he wants to be able to vote in the next elections to have his voice and opinions heard.

"I think the government shutdown is wrong," Holliday said. "There should be a better way to take care of the illegal immigration problem. Everyone in Washington needs to quit arguing and get something done."