Abernathy High School seniors take a field trip to the voting po

Abernathy High School seniors take a field trip to the voting polls.

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

More than 332,000 Texans between the ages of 18 and 29 voted early marking a 477% increase from the 2014 midterm elections, according to a survey by the data company Target Smart. A group of seniors from Abernathy High School took a field trip to the polls Tuesday morning. It was the first time they got the chance to exercise their right to vote.

"It's exciting, like this is something that everybody looks forward to doing," said Hannah Ayers, an Abernathy High School senior. "And to know that I can actually do it now is great, it's a great feeling."

The midterm election, voting, and political parties have been big topics for Mrs. Daily's government and economics class. The 2016 election was the first time she has ever helped register her eligible students. She's accompanied her current seniors to the polls, she said two years ago students were very receptive.

"You know I can't require any kid to do it, but we can talk about how important that it is, I want to set that sense of responsibility", said Daily. "I want to put that in their head from the very first and as you can tell these kids were so excited about coming down to vote not only with their classmates, but just being able to do that for the first time is like another step to adulthood which is an awesome feeling."

Daily said Wednesday's class will focus on the election results and plans to continue the field trip to the polls for future elections. 

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