MARQUETTE - State Rep. Steve Lindberg visited Marquette Senior High School Friday to try and instill in the students the importance of voting, which he said is the single most important right Americans have.
Some of the students in attendance will be able to vote for the first time in November's election, and Lindberg, D-Marquette, explained voting qualification, how to register and the importance of being an informed voter.
"If you are only listening to the 30-second sound bites on the news, you are not an informed voter," he said. "Some organizations claim to be news stations, but are actually entertainment."
State Rep. Steve Lindberg, D-Marquette, speaks to a group of Marquette Senior High School students Friday. Lindberg encouraged the students to get involved in government and make sure htey vote when they .come of age. (Matt Keiser photo)
In addition, Lindberg said if the younger generation wants politicians to care about issues that matter to them, they have to get out and vote.
Marquette Senior High School, in conjunction with students from the National Honor Society, invited Lindberg to speak about the importance of voting.
Theo Sanyal, a senior at MSHS and president of the National Honor Society, organized the event.
"This being such a big election year, it's important for young people to vote," Sanyal said.
Lindberg represents the 109th District and is not seeking re-election due to term limits.
Originally from Gwinn, Lindberg was a guidance counselor at Marquette Area Public Schools until he retired in 1997.
After the presentation, the National Honor Society passed out voter registration forms to students who were eligible to vote.
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