Students learn power of voting

HARLINGEN — The moment Ashley Martinez received her voter’s card, she knew she’d acquired a powerful tool for self-determination.

That voter’s card gave Ashley, 18, the power to make her voice heard in yesterday’s election for district judge, district attorney, Cameron County sheriff and county judge.

In fact, the Harlingen High School South senior actually voted early when her mother and grandmother urged her to accompany them to the polls.

“They wanted to make sure I voted,” said Ashley, 18, a senior. They emphasized the same message teachers and administrators had repeated all year long: You can make a difference by voting.”

Students as well as older residents passed in and out of the school’s InformationLiteracyCenter yesterday to cast their vote.

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