This day is full of excitement for many, with voters flashing “I voted” stickers, and posting on social media. However, the increased turnout can lead to long lines and hour-long waits.
For teachers and students, committing this time out of the day can be difficult.
All public schools in Tennessee have a day-off, as most will operate as polling locations. However, private schools treat this day like any other.
English teacher Nikki Mynatt, who plans to vote on March 3rd, commented, “I find it is incredibly inconvenient. A teacher’s life is very busy, you know. I think voting day should be a national holiday, whether you go to public school or not, to encourage maximum participation.”
Many students have voiced equal complaints, saying it will be difficult to get out, especially with extracurriculars after school lasting until as late at 8 o’clock.
Sophie Susano, a senior who recently registered to vote, is a cast member for the upcoming musical. Because of long rehearsals after school, she is nervous about making it to her polling location. Susano feels to combat this, it would be reasonable, if not a full day off, to grant an excused absence to all seniors who need to vote.
Senior Mckenna Garibay said, “If I had the whole day off, I think I would [go vote]. I don’t think everyone would, but I think there would be an increase in people from our school. Even if it’s not just a whole day, I don’t think an absence should be counted against us.”