Sec. Hargett, Sen. Jackson encourage South Side to register to vote


Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and state Sen. Ed Jackson visited South Side on Monday morning to encourage students to register to vote.

Hargett and Jackson (R-Jackson) spoke to students in coach Jake Stoffregen’s second block government/economics class.

“Had a great time at South Side High School today engaging with the students and talking about why it’s important for them to be a registered voter and getting them to take the first step in their civic engagement process by registering to vote, and then hopefully become voters next March, August and November,” Hargett told Hawk TV’s Taniya Howard in an interview posted to our TikTok page.

Tennessee state Sen. Ed Jackson (right) and Secretary of State Tre Hargett speak to students in coach Jake Stoffregen’s class on Monday, September 11, 2023. (Photo by Zach Bunney / Hawk TV)

“Senator Jackson and I were here today to help encourage them,” Hargett continued, “knowing that the people they elect with their vote are the ones who are making important decisions, whether regarding taxes, whether it’s roads, whether it’s healthcare, whether it’s schools. It’s a shame that we have such low voter turnout, especially among young people. What we want to do it encourage them to take that first step and make sure that these future leaders are actually good citizens and will participate in the electoral process.”

Hargett is Tennessee’s 37th secretary of state and was first elected to the position in 2009.

Jackson represents District 25, which includes Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Henderson, Lake, Madison and Perry counties.

“It’s important to me to get people to register to vote and actually learn who the candidates are,” Jackson told the students. “Learn what they do, what they represent. Do they represent the values that you have? It’s very, very important. I can’t stress how important it is for people to get out and vote.”

Stoffregen thanked Hargett and Jackson for speaking to the students.

“It was great to have Secretary Hargett and Senator Jackson speak to the students this morning,” Stoffregen said. “Secretary Hargett told the students how important it is to get registered to vote so they can use their voice to elect leaders they want and influence all levels of government.”

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[COVER PHOTO: Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett speaks to students in coach Jake Stoffregen’s class on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023. (Photo by Zach Bunney / Hawk TV)]