Kennewick -- There is a drive underway in the Tri-Cities. It is a push to get people to do more than just talk about the election. And many people, especially those between 18 and 24, are learning about the power they can wield, simply by registering.
The Kennewick School District held Voter Registration Day Thursday. All schools in the system opened up to the public to register to vote or update their cards. But one primary goal was to get young people, especially those of voting age, interested in civic responsibility.
One organizer of the Kennewick High School drive is Joe Vidot, a Careers and Education student. Vidot said Thursday that the purpose of Voter Registration Day is to help students learn that "you can't complain if you don't vote."
Another student, 16 year old Crystal Romero, said it's important for students to get involved in the community.
Numbers from the website www.civicyouth.org show that 52 percent of people in washington aged 18 to 24 voted in the 2004 presidential election. Nationally, just 47- percent did.