Castle Rock teen turns 18 on Election Day, votes for first time

Westin Pals: ‘I was just waiting to get my vote in.’

Posted 11/12/18

For one Castle Rock teenager, whose birthday happened to fall on the day of midterm elections, celebrating turning 18 years old meant voting for the first time. Westin Pals, a junior at Lutheran High …

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Castle Rock teen turns 18 on Election Day, votes for first time

Westin Pals: ‘I was just waiting to get my vote in.’

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For one Castle Rock teenager, whose birthday happened to fall on the day of midterm elections, celebrating turning 18 years old meant voting for the first time.

Westin Pals, a junior at Lutheran High School, said preparing to vote one of the largest ballots in state history wasn’t difficult. He felt he could turn to social media, which he described as a huge driver of information in today’s political world, and spoke with his father about how to navigate the registration and voting process.

Pals was eager to get out and support the party where his ideals have always aligned, he said. He voted Republican across the board in the statewide races and on some ballot issues.

“I’ve always been paying attention to politics, and I was just waiting to get my vote in,” he said. “I’ve always liked that political party and I’ve always shared their beliefs, so it wasn’t too hard to pick. It wasn’t like I was on the fence.”

Pals went by himself to a drop-off location to cast his ballot but didn’t feel alone. His grandfather was also there behind the scenes as a volunteer helping process ballots. Pals said he enjoyed the experience of voting and plans to stay active in the years to come.

“I look forward to voting for every single midterm and every single primary in the future,” he said.

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