Kentucky students need encouragement to get to the polls. SB 80 creates barriers instead.

In this opinion piece, Isabella Edghill examines barriers created by SB 80, and why Kentucky students need more encouragement to get to the polls, not less.

Art work and design by Ava Hurwitz. A graphic with SB 80 on it with an orange and pink background. Graphics saying "your vote matters!" and showing ballot boxes and voting IDs are to the right of the image.

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Isabella Edghill

Isabella Edghill attends DuPont Manual High School and a member of the Kentucky Student Voice Team.

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Nisha Ajana

Nisha Ajana is a junior at Tates Creek High School.

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Lily Alvey

Lily Alvey is a sophomore at Ballard high school. Lily likes to watch old rom coms from the 90’s, and start writing new stories while she’s in the middle of other ones.

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Abena Baidoo

Abena Baidoo is a member of the Kentucky Student Voice Team's inaugural Education Journalism Fellowship Cohort and an eighth grade student at Leestown Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky. She is passionate about a lot of things, including art, music and the new Stranger Things season.

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Esha Bajwa

Esha Bajwa (she/her) is the Kentucky Student Voice Team's Representative to the Student Action Network for Equity and a member of the board.

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Matida Bojang

Matida Bojang is an ninth-grade student at Fredrick Douglas High School, in Lexington, Kentucky. She enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and things that have to do with technology.

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Dan Bush

Dan Bush is going into eighth grade at Bondurant Middle School. You can typically find them in the band room practicing bass clarinet when not in classes.

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Michael Elliot

Michael Elliott is a sophomore at Ignite Institute in Northern, Kentucky. He's passionate about design work, films, climate change, and other hobbies.

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Carrington Emanuel

Carrington attends Leestown Middle School in Lexington. She is a die hard Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé stan and can rap some songs word for word. She plays clarinet and volleyball and likes to hang out with her friends and family.

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Emma Genson

Emma Genson is member of the inaugural KSVT Education Journalism Fellowship Cohort and a sophomore at Ignite Institute in Erlanger, Kentucky. She has a crazy obsession over 90’s rock music, or just music in general!

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Embree Higgins

Embree Higgins is an eighth grade student at Leestown Middle School in Lexington and a member of the Kentucky Student Voice Team's inaugural Education Journalism Fellowship Cohort.

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Emma Kerr

Emma Kerr attends Noe Middle School in Louisville,Kentucky. When she's bored, she plays video games like Minecraft and More. She owns 5 amazing cats and, oddly, doesn't like pizza!

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Norah Laughter

Norah Laughter is an Associate Editor of The New Edu education journalism news service, a senior advisor to the KSVT, a 2022 graduate of Warren County High School and an undergraduate at Yale University.

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Kei Merrick

Kei Merrick is an an eighth grader at Leestown Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky. He really enjoy free writing and listening to music. He also loves practicing various instruments and reading fiction books.

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Minhal Nazeer

Minhal Nazeer is the co-lead of the Kentucky Student Voice Team's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Research and Policy work and a KSVT Board Member.

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Ramona Pierce

Ramona Pierce works with storytelling facilitators and student writers to edit submitted pieces for The New Edu newsroon. She also serves as a connection between the overlapping work of KSVT and the Student Action Network for Equity (SANE), where she helps review funding requests from student-led organizations across the country.

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Charlotte Ranallo

Charlotte Ranallo is a freshman. She goes to Owensboro Innovation Academy. She is passionate about equal rights for all. She also enjoys music and coffee.

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Avril Rodriguez

Avril Rodriguez is a freshman at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Her favorite color is lavender. She loves reading dystopian novels, and spending time with family.

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Louis Schlosser

Louis Schlosser is a sophomore at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. When he's not playing tennis or soccer, he enjoys competing on his school's speech and debate team and engaging in outdoor activities.

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Anna Sugg

Anna Sugg (she/her) is a correspondent for KSVT's Press Corps and a student at Sacred Heart Academy.

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Khoa (Ai) Ta

Khoa Ta is a Sophomore at Owensboro High School in Owensboro, Kentucky (Daviess County). An engaged student in all topics and fields stretching from STEM to the Humanities. An advocate for all humans to have rights and for youth empowerment!

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Aiden Vilo

Aiden manages journalistic work in regards to student storytelling and edits submitted pieces for The New Edu.

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Austin Vitato

Austin Vitato is currently a freshman at the J Graham Brown School. He is an avid athlete including being a district all-star basketball player! He also loves playing golf, running cross country and swimming for his school’s teams. Family is a very important part of Austin’s life and identity. He is very excited to join the KSVT cohort, and make an impact!

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