La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ----- There are 44 million eligible young voters in the United States. In the 2008 election, young voter turnout tripled. Skeptics say this election isn't as popular as that election but a local girl voting for the first time begs to differ.
Walker Kerziger is a student at Central High School who has been accompanied her father to the polls since she was 2. She's canvassed with him and even got in trouble once for filling in the selections on his ballot. Today she gets to cast her vote for the very first time. "My hearts pounding. I just can't wait to actually have my own ballot and be filling it out for the first time."
Walker's father, Peter Kergizer says voting is something she's been talking about for years. "Even a couple of years ago when I would bring her in she would say I don't think I'm going to be 18 cause it might be a day or so later so she said we have to change that law and I said I don't think we can change that law."
Walker may be the youngest voter in the room right now but her father says there are many more like her. "They know the issues like I never knew the issues when I was growing up. They really understand the issues. It's important to them and that's fun and I think that bodes well for the future."
And bodes well for the birthday girl whose been waiting a long time for this. "I love having a say. I just love that feeling of speaking my mind and voting is one of the ways we the people can do this."
And as for her birthday the gift...let's just hope her candidate wins.
But Walker says despite who wins she'll work to spread her passion for politics among her fellow students at Central High School.
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