Students from across the Huntington Beach Union High School District encouraged their peers to exercise their right to vote on Tuesday for National Voter Registration Day.

During lunch, students at Edison, Huntington Beach, Marina and Ocean View high schools held a voter registration drive on each respective campus.

Kennedy Dutra, an Edison senior and one of the student leaders for the event, believes the event will give students a real-world perspective on what they are learning in their government and economics classes.

“No matter what political party you are a part of, you should have a say in our democracy because that’s how the nation works,” Dutra said. “It’s important as we become young adults to learn how we can participate and make our future better.”

Over at Marina, another student leader has high hopes that all of its seniors will be registered to vote by the end of the year.

“A lot of students feel strongly about certain issues,” senior Anthony Tran said. “We want people who are passionate about what they feel to be able to translate those feelings into a vote.”

The voter registration drive originated in early September when a group of students from all four schools attended a Huntington Beach City Council meeting to ask for the city’s support in holding the event. Met with enthusiasm in response to their request, the Mayor presented a proclamation to the City Clerk declaring Sept. 25 a City Voter Registration Day.

Tran hopes this event will serve as a catalyst for more student-led voter registration drives.

“The most important thing a student can do to make a change is vote,” Tran added.