"Vote Here" by gocyclones is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Historically, student aged citizens in the United States have racked in the lowest voter registration rates out of all age groups. Out of those registered, even less actually voted. With some basic information and encouragement, students can change history and their future.
Why students don’t vote
The insidious enemy of youth is procrastination. College applications, jobs, extracurriculars, school responsibilities, and social activities fill the minds of teens constantly. So much so, that sometimes they will do anything to ease their mind. The pressure on teenagers is crippling, and in order to handle it, some duties are shirked. With so much on their plate, how could they possibly take time out of their whirlwind of a week to fill out paperwork to vote for the president of a country run by eighty year olds. The lack of interest also falls onto older generations. Students spend most of their time at school gaining an education, but if public schools are government funded, shouldn’t they be educated on their own government? In some instances a government class is required, but as students grow closer to 18, they should be made aware of the importance of voting and how to do so.
Why student votes matter
As the youngest generation of voters, students are the future of democracy. This is the country where they could grow old, where they might raise their children. In order for it to be a place they want to do these things, they need to use their voice to shape it. In the United States, citizens are born into certain rights. People grow up eagerly envisioning their drivers license and first car. This same excitement should be instilled for the right to vote. The youth have the power to claim their right to vote, and change the historically low voter turnout.
Who to vote for
One of the biggest excuses for not participating in the presidential election is not knowing who to vote for. Or not having a strong enough opinion to cast a vote. Students are usually raised in a hyper political environment in which they consume their parent’s opinions constantly, or an environment in which politics are avoided. One of the biggest parts of growing up is learning to form one’s own opinions. There are many ways to figure out personal beliefs. Look up controversial political issues and read both sides of the argument. Critical thinking skills are important to use to pinpoint bias in both sides’ arguments. With the media today, students need to be wary of fake news and propaganda. There are also online political tests to figure out where one falls on the political scale.
What to do right now
Register to vote here ( in person or postmarked by mail by Oct 9 )
Decide who to vote for
GO VOTE AND CHANGE HISTORY