MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A record number of people cast their ballot early in Shelby County. Many of them voted for the very first time.
Dark and early, voters began to line up at the Agricenter in Cordova to cast their early vote in November’s election.
In the line happened to be 18-year-old Frederick Belk who was with his grandmother for his first time voting.
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“It’s empowering," said Belk. “I don’t feel like enough people my age are taking it seriously. They are talking a lot but they aren’t doing a lot.”
Wendee Beller told FOX13 seeing her grandson make this important rite of passage into adulthood makes her excited to know he’s engaged in the current political climate and is aware of what’s necessary for change.
“It is amazingly exciting, especially now that so many young people not realizing that what is happening now is what they are going to have to live with forever,” Beller said.
Beller said she believes young adults will show up to the polls in record numbers.
However, she’s concerned that too many will let their voice go unheard with their vote.
“We’ve spent a lot of years," Beller said. "We have a family that’s had different political views. So we had to find a way to let him make his own.”
Belk told FOX13 he wants young adults to participate in the process seriously and have a say in who they want to lead their city, state, and country.
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