Students at Austin ISD hitting the polls early

AISD students voting for the first time (KXAN Photo)/Frank Martinez)
AISD students voting for the first time (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – There’s a big push by the state to get younger voters to cast their ballots early this election.

At the Highland Mall early voting location, several Austin Independent School district students left the classroom and arrived to vote for the very first time. “I’m very excited,” Parrin Hayes, a high school student said. “Before this opportunity I got today, I didn’t even think I was going to come vote.”

The students are from Reagan Early College High School. Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz joined them and wanted to be part of the special moment. “The focus is for students to talk to students about the importance of voting,” Dr. Cruz said. “It’s something we do in our schools as far as letting students know that they can vote.”

AISD has about 1,963 students who are eligible to vote.  Other districts:

  • Eanes ISD: 194
  • Hays CISD: 400
  • Pflugerville ISD:  406
  • Bastrop ISD:  272
  • Round Rock ISD: 2310

Meantime, in East Austin, the Huston-Tillotson auditorium quickly filled with students. They heard from Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos about the importance of voting. Cascos is touring the state to help make sure voters are prepared for the election. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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