As a new American citizen, I completely intend to vote in the upcoming 2016 election. With that being said, I decided that whoever should read this blog post of mine, might want to read about something more relevant to the world than makeup and hair products. Not to say those things are irrelevant, because they totally and completely are not, but considering this is my first real blog post that you’re all viewing, I thought I should make it more important than that.
So here are some facts:
- General election voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was the lowest it’s been in any election cycle since World War II, according to early projections by the United States Election Project.
- The last time voter turnout was so low during a midterm cycle was in 1942, when only 33.9 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.
- Only 54.87% of eligible voters cast a vote in the 2012 election.
Now, I’m not sure about you, but those statistics frighten me. I constantly hear people in high school and on my current college campus complain about numerous things and laws regarding them, such as tuition being too high, or Planned Parenthood bills, but when it comes time to vote on such things that affect them, not one person takes the time to go vote in their favor. Is it because our generation is lazy? Is it really that hard to go online and register to vote when you turn 18? I mean, one can take the time to educate themselves about who is running for office and then take 20 minutes out of their day to go on cast a vote on what they think is right involving their generation ( and possibly their future child’s generation), or one can continue to watch Netflix and simply complain about the government again and again. So if you’re reading this, and you are of legal age to vote, I encourage you TO GO AHEAD AND DO IT. You know who votes in their favor? The elderly. You know who needs to vote because the laws are affecting their college education (or lack thereof), and job opportunities, and equality, and civil rights? THE YOUTH OF TODAY.
Here are 5 reasons to vote if you still aren’t convinced you should:
- Youth Votes Are Often Underestimated
- Voting IS Worth the Effort
- Democracy Only Works When You Work It
- Vote Because YOU CAN
- If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.
With that ladies and gentlemen reading this, I leave you with the easy decision regarding voting in the next election or not, and I hope you understood why I spent my time encouraging you to do it.