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Fairfax teens teach other kids about their right to vote

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FAIRFAX, Vt. -

Instead of getting a lesson on history-- these kids are trying to be a part of history. A group of BFA-Fairfax seniors are putting together a public service announcement to get the word out on the newly passed Proposition 5.

"To tell everyone who's 17 who will be 18 by the general election that they're allowed to vote in the primaries because there hasn't been much publicism (sic) of it," student Tyler Meunier said.

"I think it's really exciting that 17-year-olds get a chance to say who's in the primary," student Jordan Rock said.

If you're going to be 18 by the general election you can vote in the primaries. It's a new law that these kids say teens don't know about, so they're putting their video skills to the test. The PSA was student Megan Bosley's idea. She was out sick Tuesday, but still wanted to be a part of the production. She talked to other students and to us via Facetime.

"A lot of 17-year-olds aren't aware this is going on and we needed to inform them, especially if no one else is going to," Bosley said.

At BFA-Fairfax, 30 17-year-olds have already registered to vote in the March 6 primary.

Reporter Gina Bullard: Why is it important for you to vote?

Tyler Meunier: When the general election comes around I will be voting and if I don't have my say in the primaries, that's a large chunk of people who won't have their voice heard early on.

"I hope 17-year-olds look at this and say hey, my voice matters and I'd like a say in this," Rock said.

"We are a pretty strong class and we like to be heard," Bosley said.

Teens getting the word out to their peers that their voices can be heard this election season.

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