Students have an ‘obligation to join the political process’

Carson encourages students to voice their opinions on issues in Indiana

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Students have an ‘obligation to join the political process’

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By Janette Aqyirre

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On Monday morning, Congressman Andre Carson sat down for a question and answer session with students in the Ben Davis theatre.

The Q&A, led by Wayne Township superintendent Dr. Jeff Butts, gave students an opportunity to voice their opinions on state issues. Students were able to use the #RockTheWayneVote hashtag to ask questions via Twitter, but were also allowed to ask and give their comments in the discussions that arose.

Carson answered questions about minimum wage, free community college, immigration laws, standardized testing, and taxes, among other topics. He also asked to hear the opinions of the students on a variety of issues, noting that Congress has been debating many of these issues, and that it’s important for students to vote so their voices can be heard.

“You have an obligation to join the political process,” Carson said.

Carson represents the seventh district of Indiana in Congress. Indiana had the worst turnout for voting last year. Carson encouraged students to register to vote if they are 18.