STANDING ROCK, N.D. - During most election cycles, there is optimism that greater numbers of young people will vote. But it usually hasn't panned out.
That could change on the Standing Rock Reservation, where some are voting for the first time. They say the state's effort at what they call "voter suppression" is prompting them to act. Many have been getting new ID's with street addresses to comply with the law.
Lakota People's Law Project and Four Directions advocates are helping Native American's exercise their right to vote.
"Our children is the one that need to get out and vote if you're 18 years old. Come out and vote and that will make a big difference," said Darlene ChasingHawk, Standing Rock member.
ChasingHawk says the reason they vote is for the future of the children and the elders.
"Voting should be vital for all ages and demographics," said Markues Eagle, young voter.
And some are voting for the first time because they say the Senate race is very important to them.
"I think it gives me a chance to let me be heard. I think that the school is helping the kids. It gives them a chance to let their voices be heard," said Kya Crowghost, first time voter:
She says administrators at Standing Rock High School have been helpful through the voting process.
The Lakota People's Law Project says it encouraged the high school to have students fill out absentee ballots to avoid any transportation issues on Election Day. And the school says it's on board with the idea.