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September 24, 2008 > Local teenagers get involved in the Voting Process

Local teenagers get involved in the Voting Process

By Maureen Garrett

One hundred and fifty shopping malls across America sponsored the "Read Up and Speak Up" event that encouraged teenagers to learn about the issues to be voted on in the upcoming elections.

NewPark Mall hosted the event on September 13 and 14 and more than 300 teens were given information on Education, College Funding, National Security, Social Security, the Environment, Health Care and the war in Iraq. By logging on to, the teenagers were able to vote for their favorite presidential candidate and get a chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree.

Cari Jones, Stephanie Salinas, Maddie Cook and Rachel Cortez had different opinions about the candidates after receiving their information.

Jones (13) said she would vote for McCain because she thinks a woman should be involved in the process.

Salinas (13) said McCain knows more about the war than anyone so she'd vote for him. She wishes Hillary Clinton had stayed in the race however.

Cook (13) is an Obama supporter because he will provide health care for everyone and she thinks that's cool.

Cortez (13) said she knows her parents will vote for McCain so she will too. Not because they've persuaded her but she believes a woman needs to have a say, referring to Sarah Palin.

Kevin McCormick, marketing manager for Read Up and Speak Up has managed the Chico, San Jose and NewPark Mall events and said the interest and turnout has been tremendous.

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