Local high school students let their Kids Voting Kansas ballots do the talking Tuesday in an opinion poll on environment, abortion and welfare issues, in addition to regular ballot issues.
Hamant Bhana, an LHS senior and student organizer of the local Kids Voting program, said students' support of stricter controls on pollution and people who receive welfare, and of no restrictions on abortion, were no surprise to him.
The three questions, for which students were asked to "agree" or "disagree," were determined by high school students from the six Kids Voting Kansas communities Lawrence, Ulysses, Newton, Maize, Junction City and Winfield at a Sept. 10 assembly in Topeka.
In Lawrence, students at Lawrence High School and Lawrence Alternative High School participated in Kids Voting.
Question 1 asked whether stricter laws, rules and regulations to reduce and prohibit further air and water pollution should be adopted, and whether penalties for violation of such laws, rules and regulations should be imposed. Locally, 471 students agreed and 64 disagreed.
On question 2, which centered on the statement "No state shall regulate or restrict abortion," 308 agreed and 135 disagreed.
On question 3, which called for people who are able and receiving welfare to acquire employment skills, 465 agreed and 62 disagreed.