Posted on 11/21/2019
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. – The auditorium at Washington High School (WHS) was full Thursday as West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner spoke to students about cybersecurity and voting.
Secretary Warner offered historical perspective about the significance of students’ right to vote, and spoke about cybersecurity.
Students asked several questions, focusing on everything from where to get credible news to what efforts are being made to infiltrate U.S. elections.
Secretary Warner cautioned students about the spread of fake information that he said seeks to divide Americans.
“They [students] are on the front line of this whole battle,” he said. ““This is the first chance for them to vote and so it’s important for them to understand what’s going on around them.”
The Jefferson County Clerk’s Office was on hand to give students an opportunity to try out the latest voting machine technology with some brief tutorials.
Secretary Warner said the he was encouraged to see so many young people take an active role in the election process.
“We want them to get engaged at this age because they are more likely to stay engaged throughout their life.”
WHS registered 108 students to vote on National Voter Registration Day back on September 24, 2019, a record for them according to Counselor Carla Hunter.
Students in the audience also had a chance to register to vote following Secretary Warner’s presentation Thursday.

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