The American state of Kansas held its primary election on Tuesday.Results from primaries determine which candidates will represent political parties in the general election in November.
Tyler Ruzich was one of the candidates for Kansas governor.He hoped to become the Republican Party’s nominee.
On Tuesday afternoon, he and his running mate went to their local voting station.Later, he held a watch party for friends and supporters.
But Ruzich did not get to vote for himself -- or for anyone else.At just 17 years of age, he is still too young.
The minimum voting age in the United States is 18.
“You don’t have to vote to be a voter,” Ruzich told some of his friends at his election watch party.“Being here means you’re a voter...and that you’re standing by someone you support.”
Ruzich was not the only candidate too young to vote in the primary election.Seventeen-year-old Jack Bergeson ran as a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination.And Joseph Tutera, also 17, hoped to represent the Republican Party in November.
泰勒并不是唯一一个在初选中太年轻而无法投票的候选人。17岁的杰克·伯格森（Jack Bergeson）是民主党提名候选人。17岁的约瑟夫·图特拉（Joseph Tutera）希望在11月能够代表共和党。
In total, six Kansas teenagers had declared their candidacy for governor.They did so after discovering last year that the Kansas constitution does not have a minimum age requirement to run for office.
Kansas has since passed a law requiring future candidates to be at least 18 years old.
The teenage gubernatorial candidates gained national media attention.They also helped bring attention to voting issues in their state.The nonprofit organization Rock the Vote considers Kansas to be a “blocker” state.That means there are many barriers to voter registration.
青少年州长候选人引起了全国媒体的关注。他们还帮助关注他们州的投票问题。非营利组织摇滚投票（Rock the Vote）认为堪萨斯州是一个“受阻”的州。这意味着在选民登记中存在许多障碍。
None of the teenage candidates won their primary races on Tuesday.But they believe they inspired more young people to take part in elections and vote.
Joseph Tutera said the state saw a higher turnout than usual for primary elections.
“We’re actually having something like the highest voter turnout in 14 years for the primaryand I’d like to think that’s because of me,” Tutera told VOA.
Jack Bergeson conceded the Democratic primary race Tuesday night.He said even though he did not win, he met many of his goals.
“I was able to stand on a stage and debate a lot of the big names in the stateand I was really able to show that there is a difference between the establishment and uncorrupted candidates,” Bergeson told VOA.
I’m Ashley Thompson.