Anna Sniadach wants to be involved in the democratic process.
The 17-year-old Madison East High School student would vote in this fall’s elections if she could, but said she’ll be about a month too young.
Sniadach says one thing people aren’t talking about so far in this election season is standardized testing.
"Standardized testing is a really, really big deal. That’s your college. That’s your whole life ahead of you after high school," Sniadach said. "And no one is talking about how it doesn’t measure your intelligence. It’s four hours of my life."
She says the testing is intrusive and is given too much weight in the college application process.
"If I was feeling incredibly confident, it might completely change from if I was completely exhausted or tired," Sniadach said.
"Standardized testing is a really, really big deal. That’s your college. That’s your whole life ahead of you after high school," Sniadach said.
For Sniadach, the most important election issue is equal rights. She says men and women should be treated equally "in all senses — not just the good things, but also the bad things."
As Sniadach explained, that means men and women should be paid equally when they have the same job, and that means men and women should be given the same sentence when they commit the same crime.
Sniadach also said it’s unfortunate the government is making access to abortions more difficult.
"Some abortion clinics for people are like 300 miles away. So missing so much work to be able to just do something that you feel is right or what you need to do, is completely wrong," she said.