1st vote

First-time voters Connor Mesman, Austin Edwards and Nick Evans register to vote and fill out absentee voters forms Wednesday at the Lyon County Government Center. The 18- 19- and 20-year-olds will be heading off to college soon and didn’t want to miss out on casting their ballot in the Aug. 12 primary election in their home district. Sydney Hey, a recent Marshall High School graduate, will attend a college in Nebraska next month, so she participated in the voting event Wednesday. “I’m excited,” Hey said. “I’ve always wanted to get involved in government. It’s cool to have your vote count.” Young voters historically have some of the lowest turnouts, said Bo Erickson, a Marshall High School graduate and a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He and Daniel Merna, an MHS graduate and a sophomore at Winona State University, both are volunteers for the Marty Seifert for Governor campaign. They turned to social media to get the word out about absentee voting. “We encouraged people to come during their lunch hour,” said Erickson. He said 41 came during that time. “It’s a really good turnout,” he said.

– Karin Elton