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First-time voters to experience ‘Super Tuesday’

Mandy Halbert
Various local locations, such as the red administration building, will allow first-time voters to vote on Super Tuesday.

Super Tuesday takes place on March 1, and many seniors and staff will be participating.

“Super Tuesday is basically where many US states hold primary elections,” senior Clayton Bilke said. “This year I will be voting on March 1st, probably somewhere locally.”

Thirteen states will be holding either Republican or Democrat or both primaries on Super Tuesday. There will be 1,460 total delegates up for grabs on Tuesday (865 for Democrats, 595 for Republicans), an an additional 150 “superdelegates” for Democrats. “Superdelegates” are unpledged, meaning they are free to vote however they want at the national convention. Including superdelegates, 22 percent of all delegates are on the line for Super Tuesday.

“Primary season helps to determine who the candidates will be in November,” AP government teacher Jeff Roberts said. “The Texas primary is different this year because we have a senator who is running for president. On the Democratic side there are two who will probably receive most of the votes. Depending on whether it’s an open or closed primary determines how moderate or stratified the candidates will be. Texas is an open primary state which means you can walk in and vote for whoever you want, but some states you have to register as a Democrat or Republican to vote.”

Democratic candidates need 2,383 delegates to secure the nomination. Republican candidates need 1,237 delegates.  

Making the decision on who to choose in the Texas primaries can be stressful for many voters, but where to vote is now the easiest part due to many local polling locations.

There are now numerous locations where votes can be submitted in the area, including the Lovejoy ISD Administration Building.

“I think it is really cool that our school offers a place for us to vote locally,” senior Rachel Willmann said. “Since I turn 18 this year I can vote.”

Many seniors are eager to participate in this right of passage for the first time.

“I think this experience is exciting the first time because you feel like you’re contributing to something important for our nation and it teaches the youth to be involved in politics,” senior Beau Weiss said.

Voting will take place at the polling location of the voter’s choice on March 1. A new requirement when voting in person is that photo identification is now mandatory.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal that we need photo identification because almost everyone has a license since that has a picture on it, anyone can use that,” senior Ian Engbrock said.

While the Republican and Democratic presidential ballots have gotten the most attention, a number of other offices and some resolutions will also be decided by voters. Examples of ballots can be found on Collin County’s Democratic and Republican Primary Elections webpage.

“I find it really helpful that they have those on their website because a lot of people voting for the first time can know what to expect,” senior Steve Soreno said.


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Izzy Valenzuela, Staff Reporter
It all started in the eighth grade after transferring to Lovejoy from the seaside city of Huntington Beach, California, when Izzy became a writer for her school newspaper at Willow Springs. Mrs. Sanders made her an offer to be a writer and editor in the school paper. That’s where her journey of taking photos and spending nights typing away on her computer began (with her dog curled up next to her, of course). With her favorite subject in school being English and a love for writing, it’s not hard to see why she joined newspaper. Campus life is mainly what she writes about. However, the latest story in the community always interests her. When it comes to after school the most common words when others ask to make plans are “I can’t I have soccer.” Throughout the year she enjoys playing soccer with Meja in Dallas and the Lady Leopards. Although, in her free time you can probably find her binge watching Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill. In the mornings you’ll find her at the local Starbucks (she’s a proud gold card member). Traveling is one of her favorite things in the world. She spends summers on the beach in California and Florida and the winters visiting her sister in Chicago.
Mandy Halbert, Staff Reporter
Mandy is a senior this year, but she’s still just as afraid of high school hallways as she was as a freshman. But aside from that, she looks forward to all that comes with her last year. When she’s not stressed about applying to college, AP and dual credit classes, and All Region band tryouts, Mandy enjoys singing along to Shawn Mendes songs in her car, volunteering with her church, and being a part of the marching band. Despite all of the school-related chaos, she works to show her faith in Jesus in all that she does. She is excited to start her second and final year on The Red Ledger, and she can't wait to see all of the amazing things that are yet to come.

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