The Importance of Voting
Arguably, the most important voting demographic is that of young people in their late teens and early twenties. Unfortunately, this demographic is also the least likely to vote, even though they make up a large part of the population that is eligible to vote. In the 2016 presidential election, only 46.1 percent of people from the ages of 18-29 cast their ballot according to US Census Bureau. Meanwhile, 70.9 percent of people above 65 voted in 2016.
There are many reasons for younger people to vote. In the 2012, Millenials were one of the driving factors in Obama’s re-election. Also every election, key issues increasingly relate people aged eighteen to twenty-nine. Policies such as gun reform, college tuition and job programs will greatly influence this generation, but many choose not to vote.
In addition, this younger demographic is more likely to be affected by policies in the future, because they will be alive for longer. As the baby boomer demographic decreases in size, many suggest that soon the younger demographic will be the largest and most powerful. This group is also incredibly diverse. Some believe that this age group may change America’s current 2 party system adding more parties that people identify with, other than Democratic and Republican.
It is also important for youth to vote so they can connect with politics. Voting young can help form habits making it less likely for one to miss voting later on. This is important to electing leaders and creating policies that represents people of all ages. It is also important to stay up to date with current issues and events and voting helps one do that. It is important when voting, to be informed about todayś society Staying connected is easier now more than ever with the invention of the internet and smartphones. It is now very quick and easy to research candidates and issues, register to vote, and submit one’s vote.
Another reason for young people to vote is that every vote counts. Sometimes, in large presidential elections, this does not seem to be true. However, Oregon’s current Governor, Kate Brown, won her first race for public office by seven votes. Another point to consider is that even though issues way not seem of interest now, in a few years they may seem more significant.
“Vote! Your vote always makes a difference. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Politics is not a spectator sport,” said Brown, when asked to give advice to younger voters.
Another reason to vote is because one can. One can help create change and advance the country in a direction that they want. In many nations across the globe youth are not allowed to vote and in many other nations elections are rigged. So, even though they are able to vote, their vote doesn’t change anything and it could be extremely dangerous if they voted against the person in power. In America, our elections are free and fair, so get out and vote!