While the 2016 elections are still a year away, the get out the vote campaigns are in full swing, specifically in Milwaukee. Monday morning Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee School Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver visited Riverside High School to launch the "My Vote, My Voice" campaign.
"You want to be part of this game, then you get in the game," said Mayor Barrett to the teens in attendance as he visited this east side school. He added, "If you want to complain, that's fine I'm cool with that. But you better show up to vote. Even if you're voting against me, you better show up."
"My Vote, My Voice" is designed to inform young people about the voting process and influence young people to register to vote. The campaign discusses everything from voter registration to election booths to an audience geared not just to the young voter, but the young potential voter in high school.
Jennifer Jackson, age 17, a student at Riverside and one of the potential voters Mayor Barrett was trying to inspire sounded excited at the opportunity to cast a ballot soon. "Because when you vote and you vote for what you want... It's basically a part of getting what you want. So, I want to vote," said Jackson.
Over the next several months, teachers in the Milwaukee Public Schools will be given a tool kit to help students register to vote.