McLennan Community College is hosting an election night watch party yo keep the conversation going with students, even after the polls close.
As first time voters, many students say they’re proud to finally have a chance to cast that initial ballot, wiith their teachers saying it’s important they stay informed, even after the election results are final.
For MCC students like Lauren Putnam, the 2018 midterm election is an important one.
“This will be my first time voting because this is the first time i’m old enough to vote,” Putnam said. “I know that like, people in my family 100 years ago couldn’t vote. So I think it’s important for me now that I have the right to take advantage of that.”
“We engage the students, have them talk about the election, the results, what’s going on with the election but also provide them with an education, the background and what’s led to this moment,” Andria Ramon, MCC government department chair said.
Ramon says their goal is to continue the discussion in young voters beyond just heading to the polls. The viewing is open to all students but for some younger ones still not eligible to vote, they say it’s never too early to stay up to date.
“I think it is very important to go ahead and start figuring out what you believe in and who supports those values and what those values are and why they mean so much,” Jonathan McCue said. “So when i am ready to vote, I know who to vote for and why to vote for them.”
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. inside the Michaelis Academic Center.
MCC has been hosting the result watch parties since 2012.