Dallas High Schoolers Empowered Their Communities to Vote in the Presidential Election, but That’s Just the Beginning

From left, high schoolers Daniela De La Cruz, Adrian Sanchez, and Angel Garcia Donjuan, show the pamphlets with information about the past presidential elections that they used to inform students through their student-run organization, SVEC. Going into 2021, they are keeping their peers excited about voting for local elections by keeping them informed and engaged in Dallas on Monday, December 21, 2020. (Lola Gomez/Staff Photographer)
From left, high schoolers Daniela De La Cruz, Adrian Sanchez, and Angel Garcia Donjuan, show the pamphlets with information about the past presidential elections that they used to inform students through their student-run organization, SVEC. Going into 2021, they are keeping their peers excited about voting for local elections by keeping them informed and engaged in Dallas on Monday, December 21, 2020. (Lola Gomez/Staff Photographer)

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By Elizabeth Thompson
Dallas Morning News Writer

Student activists in the Student Voter Empowerment Coalition are keeping with the fight to empower voters going into 2021.

Dallas high schoolers banded together to help get the vote out in the presidential election, helping to give their peers—and their families—the knowledge to be able to cast their votes, but their work is hardly over.

In 2020, voters broke records across the spectrum, and young people in Texas were no exception. More people aged 18-29 cast their votes in the early voting period in the 2020 election than the total number of young people who voted in 2016, according to the Tufts University Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.

These Dallas teenagers are partly to thank.

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