Though nearly all of them are too young to vote, seniors at New Technology High School have been following the candidates and issues on the Nov. 6 ballot as part of their education.
One of the seniors' assignments was, working in small groups, to choose a ballot proposition and develop a position for or against the measure.
On Friday, they took their conclusions public at the Napa County Library.
Shea Reiswig, 17, was part of a group opposing California Proposition 32, which seeks to end union members' paycheck deductions for political donations.
"I feel the proposition as a whole is very sneaky," Reiswig said. "As a union member, you're allowed to check in a box whether or not you want to actually have money donated."
Reiswig's anti-Prop. 32 group was also a pro-Scott Sedgley group, offering handouts supporting the retired firefighter now campaigning for city council.
Garren Melton, 17, and Sergio Soria-Gil, 16, were with the No on Proposition U group, opposing a Napa County voter initiative that would rezone land owned by Pacific Union College to prevent the college from developing.
"That's completely violating their property rights as landowners," Melton said.
"It's taking land away from the school that students can use," said Soria-Gil, adding that he's considering attending PUC because he likes its nursing program.
Students also took sides for and against state and 37, making their arguments to voters face to face with the help of posters, stand-up displays, computer slideshows and old-fashioned handouts.
For more voices from their ballot workshop Friday, please see our accompanying video.
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