Why Your Vote Matters

Blake Barnes, Reporter

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In 1971, the United States government set the voting age at 18 years old. This means that any citizen of at least that age cannot be prohibited from voting. However, many citizens in the 18-29 continue to fail to take advantage of that right.

According to Census.gov, only 38.4 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 voted in 2012. In 2016 there was a noticeable growth in youth votes, as census.gov also shows how that number almost increased by 10 percent from 2012 to 2016. However, the 18-29 year old demographic still had the lowest voter turnout.

It frustrates me when young people complain about our government. These same people are failing to get out and vote. If you want to make a change in the government, you have to get out and vote for the candidate that you feel best suits your views. One of the common gripes I hear from younger people is about how this country favors the rich. It may seem that way because wealthier people have higher voting numbers.

According to the New York Times, voting numbers are greater among the older and wealthier. Obviously, wealthier people in the country are going to vote for the candidate who most fits their needs. As a result, we have a massive class divide in this country that seemingly never stops growing.

Younger voters generally vote Democrat according to the National Public Radio. Democrats are very focused on closing the class divide so, if more of America’s youth voted, theoretically, more Democrats should get elected and they would work towards that goal of closing the class divide.

I do not affiliate with any party, but I do feel very strongly that you should vote if you have that right. Another common gripe that I hear from younger people is that the system is rigged and that their vote means nothing. These people could not be more wrong because every vote matters.

We have elections because we want to hear the will of the people. That is how this country is run. Even if your candidate does not achieve victory, getting out and voting means you at least made an attempt to make your voice heard. We as Americans are extremely fortunate that we live in a country run by democracy and by a government that allows us to vote. Many people around the world suffer under the rule of dictators who would happily execute them for speaking their mind. As Americans, it is our duty to vote because we have the opportunity to make a difference while many others around the world do not.

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Blake Barnes, Reporter

Howdy! My name is Blake. I am an energetic, fun-loving guy who loves to goof around and be playful. I'm also a huge sports junkie who loves hockey and...

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