West Tallahatchie students get first taste of voting experienceBy LARRY GORDON,
WEBB — Sept. 14 was the first voting experience for dozens of Jobs for Mississippi Graduates (JMG) students at West Tallahatchie middle and high schools.
Hawley Robertson and Zach Simmons from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office of Voting and Technology in Jackson prepared a customized ballot to the program specifications. Voting machines were set up and students were given instructions on the operation of each machine.
The overall goal of the education program was to introduce and familiarize the students with voter registration and voting procedures, as well as encourage students to exercise their right to vote once they become eligible.
Students were very excited because the voting machines were brand new to them. They had the opportunity to vote on their elective options for JMG.
JMG specialists sponsored the event and invited other special guest to come in to give a pep talk to students on the importance of the election process. The guests were excited to see the enthusiasm that came from students.
Webb Mayor Dr. Tracy Mims stated how he truly enjoyed speaking with the students and thanked the class for the invitation.
Other guest speakers were Tallahatchie County Circuit Clerk Daphane Neal, Tallahatchie County election commissioners Charles Huddleston and Latrenda Bounds, Coahoma County Circuit Clerk Demetria Jackson, District 26 state Rep. Orlando Patton and District 30 state Rep. Tracy Rosebud.
West Tallahatchie School District Superintendent Christopher Furdge and WTHS Principal Devona Chambers were also in attendance.
IN THE PHOTO: JMG middle school instructor Wilhelmenia Newson assists student Damarion Morrison with a voting machine. (Photo by Larry Gordon)